Welcome to the website of Dr Jacqueline Riding, art historian, historian, adviser and author.

Jacqueline specialises in eighteenth and early nineteenth century British history and art. She is an experienced adviser and consultant for museums, historic buildings and film. She was the historical and art historical consultant for Mike Leigh’s award-winning feature film Mr. Turner (2014) and his forthcoming film Peterloo (in UK release 2 November 2018). Her tie-in book Peterloo: The Story of the Manchester Massacre (Head of Zeus) will be out on 18 October. Pre-order here. She also advised on Wash Westmorland’s Colette  Number 9 Films starring Kiera Knightly and Dominic West, and William McGregor’s Victorian folk tale Gwen Endor starring Eleanor Worthington-Cox and Maxine Peake.

Upcoming Peterloo events:

On Thurs 18 Oct 6.30-8.30 pm Jacqueline will be in conversation with Jim White at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, sponsored by Blackwell’s Manchester. Book tickets here.

On Sat 3 Nov Jacqueline will be joined by Professor Jon Mee (University of York) for a Peterloo post-screening Q&A at City Screen, York. Screening 12 midday, Q&A c. 2.30 pm. Full details here.

On Fri 7 Dec Jacqueline will be joining Mike Leigh and David Olusoga on the Peterloo post-screening panel discussion at the Curzon Soho, part of HistFest London. Full details and tickets here.

Her previous book Jacobites: A New History of the ’45 Rebellion (Bloomsbury) is now available in paperback. Order it here. Winner of the Silver Award, Military History Monthly Magazine’s Book of the Year (2016). Colin Kidd, The Guardian “a fresh and historically convincing perspective“, “an enthralling narrative“, “a work of penetrating insight and dispassionate balance, which is captivating from start to finish.”

Her book, drawing on her PhD thesis, Basic Instincts: Love, Passion and Violence in the Art of Joseph Highmore (Paul Holberton Publishing), was published to accompany the exhibition at the Foundling Museum (29 Sept 2017 – 7 Jan 2018). It can be ordered here. “[Basic Instincts] brings Joseph Highmore out of the shadows.” – Apollo Magazine. Read more reviews for Basic Instincts here.