Dr. Lucy Peltz

Senior Curator of 18th Century Portraits and Head of Collections Displays (Tudor to Regency), National Portrait Gallery, London

Honorary Research Fellow, Birkbeck University

Brief biography

Lucy Peltz is Senior Curator of 18th Century Portraits and Head of Collections Displays (Tudor to Regency) at the National Portrait Gallery, London. She is currently leading a £35m project to refurbish and redisplay the Gallery, which will be fully relaunched in 2023. Lucy is working on the forthcoming exhibitions: The Art of Abolition (2023) and Hogarth’s People (2024). These follow earlier exhibitions with accompanying catalogues on Gainsborough’s Family Album (2018) with Professor David Solkin, Thomas Lawrence: Regency Power and Brilliance (2010), and Brilliant Women: 18th Century Bluestockings (2008) with Dr. Elizabeth Eger.

In addition to her many other publications, Lucy’s monograph, Facing the Text: Extra-illustration, Print Culture and Sociability, 1769-1840 was published by Huntington Library Press in 2017. She has an ongoing interest in female portraiture and intellectual life in the eighteenth century, the work of Thomas Lawrence and his contemporaries, and the commercial structures of the art world, the print market and the book trades between 1700-1850.

Keynote: Lucy Peltz & David F. Taylor