Lucy West


Research project:

I am an AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Partnership PhD researcher working in collaboration with the University of Leeds, the National Gallery and the Bowes Museum to interrogate the roles and practices of art dealers and agents in the reception and re-evaluation of pre-1500 European painting in nineteenth-century Britain. Shifting focus away from the emphasis frequently placed upon the mid-century as a marker in the British art market’s professionalization, I predominantly work on the opening decades of the nineteenth century.

I was formerly the Assistant Curator of Paintings at the Royal Collection Trust where I fostered an interest in the acquisitions of early European paintings made by Prince Albert and his art advisor, Ludwig Grüner. Previously as the National Gallery Curatorial Trainee (2015-7), based at the National Gallery and the Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, I curated the exhibition Pietro Lorenzetti: Siena to Hull, A Masterpiece Revealed, one output of my wider research and interpretation project surrounding the Ferens' collection.


Lucy West, ‘“She enclosed & decorated this hall on the advice of John Ruskin”: Pauline, Lady Trevelyan and the creation of Wallington Hall’s Central Hall’, Journal of Art Historiography, 22.1, (Jun 2020) <>.

Lucy West, ‘Samuel Woodburn and the Lillebonne Apollo’, Antique Dealers Research Project Newsletter, 1.1, (Spring 2020), pp.10-11. 


‘The artistic unity of the hall will be lost … it will take a museum character’: placing cases at Wallington Hall, Northumberland’, Making a Case for Cases: The Furniture of Display, The Bowes Museum, January 2020. 

‘Priceless: Oettingen-Wallerstein and the unsaleable collection, 1847-1863’, Art as Commodities / Commodities as Art: An Interdisciplinary Conference, University of York, June 2019.

Panel chair for ‘Rome: Negotiating the Past and Future’, Same Old Things? Re-thinking the Italian Renaissance, Courtauld Institute of Art, May 2019. 


2019: Undergraduate Seminar Tutor for ‘A Story of Art? 1’ (Year 1)

Research interests

  • History of Collecting, History of Taste; 

  • Italian painting and sculpture of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries;

  • The art market and the dealer; 

  • The history of the art museum, the formation of collections in the nineteenth century, and how these legacies might be addressed in today's museums;

  • The development of Art History as a discipline in the nineteenth century.


  • MA in History of Art, Courtauld Institute of Art [The Arts of Florence and Central Italy 1400-1500]
  • BA in History of Art, University of Warwick.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for the Study of the Art and Antiques Market