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 (see Consultant). She was the historical and art historical consultant on Mike Leigh’s award-winning feature film Mr. Turner (2014) and is currently working on his next film Peterloo. She also advised Number 9 Films on their forthcoming Colette biopic.

Her major exhibition Basic Instincts opens at London’s Foundling Museum on 29 September 2017 and the publication to accompany the show Basic Instincts: Love, Passion and Violence in the Art of Joseph Highmore can be pre-ordered from Paul Holberton Publishing. Jacqueline will be speaking at The Queen’s House/Old Royal Naval College/Foundling Museum study day Art, Charity and the Navy: The Greenwich and Foundling Hospitals on 30 October (details and booking here) and the Birkbeck College/Foundling Museum symposium Basic Instincts: Art, Women & Sexuality in the Eighteenth century on 20 November (details and booking here). For a full programme of associated events visit the Foundling Museum website.

Her major book Jacobites: A New History of the ’45 Rebellion (Bloomsbury) is now available in paperback. Order it here. Winner of 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.” Click here for all Jacobites reviews. She is giving the Annual Lecture for the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland on 9 October 2017 at the National Museum of Scotland. Entitled ”His little hour of royalty’: Charles Edward Stuart at the Palace of Holyroodhouse’ the free tickets can be reserved here.

Read her recent articles ’10 things you (probably) didn’t know about Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites’ for BBC History Magazine and ‘Flower of Scotland: The 1745 Jacobite Rebellion’ for History Today.

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