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 cinemas 2 November and US cinemas 9 November 2018). Her tie-in book Peterloo: The Story of the Manchester Massacre (Head of Zeus) will be out this October. Pre-order here. She also advised Number 9 Films on their forthcoming Colette biopic.

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.