About

I am an independent writer, lecturer, conference organiser, editor and curator, with a particular interest in the art, design and literature of the long nineteenth century. My special focus is on interior design and the agency of women within that space, as consumers, commentators and practitioners.

Currently, I am completing my monograph, Identity and Domestic Space in Victorian Literature: Houses and Fictions in George Eliot, Henry James and Edith Wharton, with Palgrave Macmillan.

My full list of publications and exhibitions is available at my academia.edu page.

I have been a Research Assistant for several University of Glasgow projects including ‘The Correspondence of James McNeill Whistler’ and the Stirling Palace Academic Research Consultancy. I have published studies of Beatrix Whistler, manuals of household taste, and Edith Wharton’s approach to interior design. I am currently working on aspects of the domestic architecture of Glasgow; the interior designers Rhoda & Agnes Garrett; and artists’ studio houses in Scotland. Other interests include the intersection of art and craft; life writing; intangible heritage and historic sites; artist colonies; the Aesthetic movement and neo-Victorianism. I also curate and collaborate with Scottish artists and confederations like Lapland, and co-curated From Life, an exhibition of contemporary Scottish painting.

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Mrs Orrinsmith, The Drawing Room, 1877