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

Jacqueline specialises in British history and art of the long eighteenth century. 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 new film Peterloo (in cinemas now). Her tie-in book Peterloo: The Story of the Manchester Massacre (Head of Zeus) is out and can be ordered here and she is now working on a biography of William Hogarth. 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.

On Peterloo: The Story of the Manchester Massacre:

‘A superb account of one of the defining moments in modern British historyTristram Hunt.
‘Peterloo is one of the greatest scandals of British political history … Jacqueline Riding tells this tragic story with mesmerising skillJohn Bew, author of Citizen Clem.
Fast-paced and full of fascinating detailTim Clayton, author of Waterloo.

Peterloo upcoming events in 2018:

On Fri 7 Dec Jacqueline will be joining Mike Leigh and David Olusoga on the Peterloo post-screening panel at the Everyman King’s Cross, part of HistFest London. Full details and tickets here.

In 2019 Jacqueline will be appearing at the Chipping Camden Literature Festival, the Historical Fiction Conference at the People’s History Museum, the Derby Book Festival, the Wimpole History Festival, the Buxton International Festival and Manchester Histories Festival Peterloo 2019.

Her previous book Jacobites: A New History of the ’45 Rebellion (Bloomsbury 2016) 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.