Meredith Hale

Dr Meredith Hale


Meredith specialises in the visual and material culture of the early modern Netherlands. She has just been appointed to an ‘Excellence 100’ Lectureship in Art History and Visual Culture at Loughborough University and is an Extraordinary Fellow at Wolfson College.

Meredith Hale

Meredith received her PhD from Columbia University in New York for which she was awarded the Samuel H. Kress Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC and the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. She worked as a Senior Specialist in Old Master Paintings at Christie’s New York before receiving the Speelman Fellowship in Netherlandish Art at Wolfson College. She held the Speelman-Newton and Speelman Fellowships from 2009-2017 during which time she lectured on Netherlandish art in the Department of History of Art.

She also 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. Meredith was Principal Investigator for the AHRC Networking Grant, The Power of Print: Dutch Propaganda for a new Russia, a collaboration with the University of Amsterdam and the State Hermitage Museum, which examined Peter the Great’s use of Dutch models and technology to establish a school of Russian etching in 1698. She is a member of Historians of Netherlandish Art and the Subject Specialist Network: European Painting pre-1900.

Research interests

Meredith’s 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; and issues related to material culture and the perception of works of art. Her book, The Birth of Political Satire: Romeyn de Hooghe (1645-1708) and the Glorious Revolution, will be published by Oxford University Press in 2019. Her edited volume, Cambridge and the Study of Netherlandish Art (2016), considers the long-standing traditions of scholarship and collecting in Cambridge and a second edited volume based on her AHRC networking grant, Global networks in Print: Dutch/Russian exchange in the Petrine Era, is forthcoming with Harvey Miller.

Meredith is currently preparing an exhibition of oil sketches by Anthony van Dyck for his famous print series known as The Iconography from the collection at Boughton House, Northamptonshire. The exhibition will be held at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Meredith has served on the Fine Arts Committee at Wolfson since 2011. She has curated or co-curated four exhibitions at Wolfson including Richard Deacon: ‘This is where ideas come from’ (2015), Henry Moore and Photography (2015-2016) and A Woman’s Skin: Works by Eileen Cooper RA (2017) and has set up The Wolfson College Cambridge – Royal Academy Schools Graduate Prize, which presents its first prizewinner in 2018.