Hannah Kašpar


I am an AHRC-funded PhD student with a particular research interest in eighteenth-century architecture and decorative art. My work focuses on collaboration and craftsmanship in the interiors of Robert Adam, exploring his dependence upon subcontracted firms and involvement in the more financial and logistical aspects of an architectural commission. Using Adam’s major Yorkshire commissions as case studies, including Nostell Priory, Harewood House, and Newby Hall, my research considers his efforts to co-ordinate these complex, multiphase projects from a remote standpoint in London. Similarly, it looks at the division of responsibilities between London-based and regional craftsmen. My research aims to reconsider complex architectural commissions in the context of communication networks, the sourcing, production and transportation of materials and objects, and the movement of labour between town and country.

Before starting my PhD, I completed a part-time MA in French and British Decorative Arts and Historic Interiors, and also worked as a copy-editor. I had previously taught English as a Foreign Language for two years in Prague and Paris, before taking on editorial roles at publishers specialising in History, Politics, Art and Design. 


Research interests

  • Architecture, decorative art and craftsmanship in the long eighteenth century
  • British and European Neoclassicism
  • Furniture History
  • Country House Studies
  • Eighteenth Century Studies
  • Heritage Studies
  • Material Culture
  • Social History of Art
  • History of Collecting


  • MA Decorative Arts and Historic Interiors, University of Buckingham
  • MSt English (1900-Present), University of Oxford
  • BA English Literature, Durham University