Online Courses Team

Jacqui Ansell



Jacqui read Art History and Theory at Essex University and gained an MA in History of Dress from the Courtauld Institute. Formerly an Education Officer at the National Gallery, London, and a tutor and writer for the Open University, she has a wide range of teaching experience. She has lectured regularly on the public programmes of the National Gallery, National Gallery and Wallace Collection, and is an accredited Art Society Lecturer, with specialism in art and dress history. Publications and research interests include Court dress, Grand Tour portraiture, the National Gallery’s collection, and the links between furniture and fashion.
Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations

Accredited as Lecturer of The Art Society

Active member of Attingham Trust Alumni

Active member of ‘Understanding British Portraits’ research group and ‘Association of Dress and Textile Historians’

Active member of ‘Curious Travellers’ research group, a four-year AHRC-funded research project, University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies (CAWCS) and the University of Glasgow, exploring Romantic-period accounts of journeys into Wales and Scotland
Research Interests

Research Interests

The National Gallery’s History and Collection

Dress on the Grand Tour (with particular reference to Batoni)

The Dress, Etiquette and Procedures at the English Court (17th-20th Centuries)

British Travellers' Accounts of Wales (1650-1950)

The Origins and Development of Welsh Costume (and historical perceptions) 


Jacqui has previously taught on the Art, Style and Design MLitt in History of Art and Art-world Practice since 2008 (with particular responsibility for the undergraduates) and also contributes to the short course programme at Christie’s Education. She has been an Associate Lecturer with the Open University since 1992 teaching multi-disciplinary distance-learning courses on ‘The Enlightenment’, Arts Foundation Courses and ‘Art and Its Histories’ and writing material for a course on ‘Heritage’.
Publications and Exhibitions

Publications and Exhibitions

Informal advisor on choice of objects/approach for forthcoming exhibition at Royal Collection on C18th Dress – Feb 2019

Catalogue notes decoding dress in C17th paintings for Philip Mould – 2018/19

Writer and presenter of Christie’s Education Online Course ‘Speak with Confidence about Contemporary Art’ launching 2020

Author of book about Vincent Van Gogh’s 1870s stay in Ramsgate – April 2020

Conference Papers

Conference Papers

Co-convenor of conference ‘Recycling Luxury’ Christie’s Education with Dr Marie Tavinor – July 2019

Piloting a partnership between the National Portrait Gallery and award-winning ‘Six’ musical to deliver tours on Tudor History & and Women’s History – 2019/20

National Gallery public lecture ‘Monochrome: Dressing up in Black and White’– December 2017

The Wallace Collection 3 day course ‘The Fine Art of Fashion: Dress and Décor in the C18th’ – August 2017

The Wallace Collection 3 day course ‘Cuffs and Ruffs C17th Dutch Dress’ – April 2018

The Course 3 lectures ‘The Art of Dress in Literature and Life: Shakespeare, Austen, Dickens’ – September 2018

The Embroiderer’s Guild lecture ‘Resplendent or Ridiculous? Dress at Queen Victoria’s Court’ – December 2018

The Wallace Collection 3 day course ‘Fashion in Miniature: Decoding Dress C16th-C19th’ – March 2019

National Portrait Gallery public lecture ‘Exquisite Objects: Dressed to Impress in the Age of Shakespeare and Hilliard’ – April 2019

Samuel Johnson House public lecture ‘Fashionable Circles – Garrick, Johnson, Reynolds’ – May 2019

Royal Academy lecture ‘A Tale of Two Cities:  Paris Fashion, London Life (in Art 1740-1790) – May 2019

The Embroiderer’s Guild lecture ‘Subversive Stitching: Embroidery in Art, Embroidery as Art’ – June 2019

Victorian Society of America ‘Kaleidoscope: Clothing and Culture in the Crinoline Era’ – July 2019

Christie’s Education Conference, Recycling Luxury ‘Signifiers of Status: Borrowed Robes in Batoni’s Art’ – July 2019

Wallace Collection Day Course ‘Fashion or Fantasy: Manolo Blahnik and the Fine Art of the Shoe’ – July 2019

Georgian Society of Ireland ‘Batoni’s Irish Sitters’ The Standish Barry Biannual Lecture – October 2019

National Portrait Gallery public lecture ‘Six Wives and their Wardrobes: Power Dressing at the Court of Henry VIII’ – June 2020