Dr Meredith Hale BA MA MPhil


  • Speelman Fellow in Dutch & Flemish Art, Wolfson College

Dr Meredith Hale received her PhD from Columbia University in 2006. She was a Senior Specialist in Old Master Paintings at Christie’s, New York, from 2005 to 2008 and was the Speelman-Newton Fellow in Netherlandish Art from 2009-2012. She has held the Speelman Fellowship in Netherlandish Art at Wolfson College since 2012.

Her research interests include early modern print culture, particularly political satire and transnational print markets; Netherlandish painting and architecture during the ‘Glorious Revolution’; the reception of Netherlandish art in England; collecting; and issues relating to visual and material culture.

She is the Principal Investigator for the AHRC Networking Grant, ‘The Power of Print: Dutch Propaganda for a new Russia,’ an international collaboration that examines Peter the Great’s use of Dutch models and technology to establish a school of Russian etching in 1698. Her project partners include the University of Amsterdam and The Hermitage Museum. A volume of essays edited by Dr Hale, Dr Elmer Kolfin and Dr Roman Grigoryev, Global networks in Print: Dutch/Russian exchange in the Petrine Era, will be published by Brepols in 2017.

Other publications include her edited book, Cambridge and the Study of Netherlandish Art (Brepols, 2016) with introduction, pp. 13-43, and chapter, ‘The political satirist and moral conviction,’ pp. 169-193; ‘Amsterdam broadsheets as sources for a painted screen in Mexico City, c. 1700,’ The Burlington Magazine (June 2014), pp. 356-364; ‘“Rubens only whispers”: the reception of the Cambridge bozzetti for the Triumph of the Eucharist tapestry series’, in C. Swan, ed., Tributes to Professor David Freedberg (forthcoming, London: Harvey Miller, 2017).

Dr Hale lectures in the Department of History of Art and has established a programme of study days for first-year art history students at Boughton House, Northamptonshire, which won the Sandford Award in Excellence for Heritage Education in 2013.