Professor Mark Ledbury

Chair of Department
Power Professor of Art History and Visual Culture
Director of the Power Institute

A26 - R.C. Mills Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 4826

Website Power Institute

Biographical details

Professor Ledbury took his degrees at the University of Cambridge and the University of Sussex, and his first academic post was as lecturer in Cultural History at the University of Portsmouth. He then moved to the University of Manchester where he was lecturer in Art History, until he joined the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Massachusetts, in 2003. As Associate Director of the Research and Academic Program at the Clark, he oversaw the expansion of the research program?s ambition and reach. He devised, planned and ran workshops, conferences and partnerships and worked to develop and oversee a lively residential scholars' program. As Director of the Power Institute, Professor Ledbury ensures that the Power furthers its research and public engagement mission through talks, conferences and the support of research and publications.

Professor Ledbury's research interests are in the history of European art, particularly French Art, in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and he is specifically interested in the relationships between theatre and visual art and in concepts of genre in Enlightenment philosophy and aesthetics. He is committed to historically and archivally informed scholarship, has published widely on Boucher, Greuze, David, and on inter-arts networks and relationships.

Research interests

  • Eighteenth and nineteenth- century European art
  • Questions and definitions of genre in visual art
  • Relationships between theatre and visual art
  • Methods of art history
  • Eighteenth-century French artists, including Francois Boucher, Jacques-Louis David and Jean-Baptiste Greuze

Current projects

  • Strange Tales: James Northcote and the Fable – Book to be published 2014 and exhibition at the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, October 2014
  • An Eccentric History of History Painting– a study of the long history of the genre known as History Painting
  • Theatre, Art and Community in Eighteenth-Century France- a study of networks of innovation transfer between visual artists and people of the theatre in Ancien Regime France. (ARC funded project beginning Mid June 2013

Associations

  • International advisory board member, Art History
  • Advisory Board Member, Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth-Century
  • Editorial Committee, Australia and New Zealand Journal of Art

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2014

  • Ideas and Enlightenment: The Long Eighteenth Century (David Nichol Smith Seminar XV), Sydney, NSW, 10-13 December; Milam J, Ledbury A, Parsons N, Ferng J; Ian Potter Foundation/Conference.
  • Ambitious Alignments: New Histories of Modern Southeast Asian Art; Ledbury A, Whiteman S, Vickers A; Getty Foundation (USA)/Research Support.
  • Design & Art Australia Online Research Tool: enabling next generation eResearch in Australias visual and design cultures; Ledbury A; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF).

2013

  • Art, Theatre and Community in Eighteenth-Century France; Ledbury A; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2012

  • The histories of modern art in South East Asia; Ledbury A, Berghuis T, Clark J, Vickers A; Getty Foundation (USA)/Research Support.
  • Design and Art Australia Online: Sustainable Data Sharing for Australian Researchers and Collections; Harley R, Ledbury A, Callaway A; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF).
  • Undoing the Ancient Research Group; Blanshard A, Ledbury A, Milam J, Gagne J, Borghesi F, Muecke F, Turner M; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/FASS Collaborative Research Scheme.

Selected publications & creative works

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Books

  • Ledbury, A. (2014). James Northcote, History Painting, and the Fables. New Haven: Yale University Press.
  • Ledbury, A. (2000). Sedaine, Greuze and the Boundaries of Genre. Oxford: Voltaire Foundation.

Edited Books

  • Ledbury, A. (2013). Fictions of Art History. Williamstown, MA: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.
  • Ledbury, A. (2007). David after David: Essays on the Later Work. United States: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.
  • Hyde, M., Ledbury, A. (2006). Rethinking Boucher. United States: Getty Publications.

Book Chapters

  • Ledbury, A. (2014). Musical Mutualism: David, Degotti and Operatic Painting. In Sarah Hibberd and Richard Wrigley (Eds.), Art, Theatre, and Opera in Paris, 1750-1850: Exchanges and Tensions, (pp. 53-76). Farnham: Ashgate.
  • Ledbury, A. (2013). Anecdotes and the Life of Art History. In Mark Ledbury (Eds.), Fictions of Art History, (pp. 173-186). Williamstown, MA: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.
  • Ledbury, A. (2013). Heroes and Villains: History Painting and the Critical Sphere. In Christian Michel and Carl Magnusson (Eds.), Penser lart dans la seconde moitie du XVIIIe siecle: theorie, critique, philosophie, histoire, (pp. 25-39). Paris: Somogy editions dArt.
  • Hatt, M., Ledbury, A. (2013). Introduction: Compelling Fictions. In Mark Ledbury (Eds.), Fictions of Art History, (pp. vii-xvi). Williamstown, MA: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.
  • Ledbury, A. (2012). Patronage. In William Doyle (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the Ancien Régime, (pp. 388-408). Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.
  • Ledbury, A., Voisin, O. (2011). De l'étoffe au costume, rêves et réalités au XVIIIe siècle [From fabric to costume: dreams and realities in the eighteenth century]. In Agathe Sanjuan (Eds.), Lart du costume à la Comédie-Française [The art of costume at the Comédie-French], (pp. 11-26). France: Editions Bleu autour.
  • Ledbury, A. (2011). Libertés et contraintes, la peinture comme modèle pour la tragédie. Le Théâtre des Passions (1697-1759): Cléopâtre, Médée, Iphigénie [Theatre of the Passions (1697-1759): Cleopatra, Medea, Iphigenia], (pp. 68-83). Lyon: Fage Editions.
  • Ledbury, A. (2007). Greuze in Limbo: Being Betwixt and Between. In Philip Conisbee (Eds.), French Genre Painting in the Eighteenth Century: Studies in the History of Art Volume 72. United States: National Gallery of Art, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts.
  • Ledbury, A. (2007). Introduction: David after David: Essays on the Later Work. In Mark Ledbury (Eds.), David after David: Essays on the Later Work. United States: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.
  • Ledbury, A. (2007). Roman Dreams: Two Late Drawings. In Mark Ledbury (Eds.), David after David: Essays on the Later Work, (pp. 170-187). United States: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.
  • Ledbury, A. (2006). Boucher and Theater. In Melissa Hyde, Mark Ledbury (Eds.), Rethinking Boucher, (pp. 133-160). United States: Getty Publications.
  • Ledbury, A. (2006). The Contested Image: Stage, Canvas and the Origins of the French Revolution. In Peter R. Campbell (Eds.), The Origins of the French Revolution, (pp. 191-218). United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Hyde, M., Ledbury, A. (2006). The Pleasures of Rethinking Francois Boucher. In Melissa Hyde, Mark Ledbury (Eds.), Rethinking Boucher, (pp. 1-12). United States: Getty Publications.

Journals

  • Ledbury, A. (2012). Notes from the Field: Contingency (Mark Ledbury). Art Bulletin, XCIV (3), 354-355.
  • Ledbury, A. (2012). Theatrical Life. SVEC, 6, 193-214.
  • Ledbury, A. (2010). Embracing and escaping the material: genre painting, objects and private life in eighteenth-century France. SVEC, 11, 187-217.
  • Ledbury, A. (2010). Sets, Lives, and Videotape. Eighteenth-Century Life.
  • Ledbury, A. (2006). Vingt ans de recherches sur la peinture française (1775-1825) [Twenty years of research on French painting (1775-1825)]. Perspective: la revue de l'I N H A, 2006 (3), 379-406.
  • Ledbury, A. (2005). But is it Art History? Some thoughts on disciplines, tensions and territories in studies of eighteenth-century art. SVEC, 2005 (4), 124-139.
  • Ledbury, A. (2005). Stages of Creation: History, Epic and Theatre in David's Early History Painting Projects. Studiolo, 3, 169-190.

Conferences

  • Ledbury, A. (2010). Not Being David: Eccentric History Painters of the D'Angiviller Generation. 98th College Art Association Annual Conference CAA 2010, United States: College Art Association (CAA).
  • Ledbury, A. (2008). The Persistence of Pastoral in Revolutionary Art and Theater. The CESAR/Clark Symposium 2008: Visions of the Stage: Theater, Art, and Performance in France, 1600-1800, United Kingdom: CESAR (Calendrier electronique des spectacles sous l'ancien regime et sous la revolution).
  • Ledbury, A. (2005). Poison Chalice: The Legacy of D'Angiviller and David. 93rd College Art Association Annual Conference CAA 2005, United States: College Art Association (CAA).

Exhibitions / Events

  • Ledbury, A. (2008). Special Installation: Visions of the Stage: Prints and Drawings, 1600-1800. Williamstown, MA 01267, United States of America: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.

2014

  • Ledbury, A. (2014). James Northcote, History Painting, and the Fables. New Haven: Yale University Press.
  • Ledbury, A. (2014). Musical Mutualism: David, Degotti and Operatic Painting. In Sarah Hibberd and Richard Wrigley (Eds.), Art, Theatre, and Opera in Paris, 1750-1850: Exchanges and Tensions, (pp. 53-76). Farnham: Ashgate.

2013

  • Ledbury, A. (2013). Anecdotes and the Life of Art History. In Mark Ledbury (Eds.), Fictions of Art History, (pp. 173-186). Williamstown, MA: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.
  • Ledbury, A. (2013). Fictions of Art History. Williamstown, MA: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.
  • Ledbury, A. (2013). Heroes and Villains: History Painting and the Critical Sphere. In Christian Michel and Carl Magnusson (Eds.), Penser lart dans la seconde moitie du XVIIIe siecle: theorie, critique, philosophie, histoire, (pp. 25-39). Paris: Somogy editions dArt.
  • Hatt, M., Ledbury, A. (2013). Introduction: Compelling Fictions. In Mark Ledbury (Eds.), Fictions of Art History, (pp. vii-xvi). Williamstown, MA: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.

2012

  • Ledbury, A. (2012). Notes from the Field: Contingency (Mark Ledbury). Art Bulletin, XCIV (3), 354-355.
  • Ledbury, A. (2012). Patronage. In William Doyle (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the Ancien Régime, (pp. 388-408). Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.
  • Ledbury, A. (2012). Theatrical Life. SVEC, 6, 193-214.

2011

  • Ledbury, A., Voisin, O. (2011). De l'étoffe au costume, rêves et réalités au XVIIIe siècle [From fabric to costume: dreams and realities in the eighteenth century]. In Agathe Sanjuan (Eds.), Lart du costume à la Comédie-Française [The art of costume at the Comédie-French], (pp. 11-26). France: Editions Bleu autour.
  • Ledbury, A. (2011). Libertés et contraintes, la peinture comme modèle pour la tragédie. Le Théâtre des Passions (1697-1759): Cléopâtre, Médée, Iphigénie [Theatre of the Passions (1697-1759): Cleopatra, Medea, Iphigenia], (pp. 68-83). Lyon: Fage Editions.

2010

  • Ledbury, A. (2010). Embracing and escaping the material: genre painting, objects and private life in eighteenth-century France. SVEC, 11, 187-217.
  • Ledbury, A. (2010). Not Being David: Eccentric History Painters of the D'Angiviller Generation. 98th College Art Association Annual Conference CAA 2010, United States: College Art Association (CAA).
  • Ledbury, A. (2010). Sets, Lives, and Videotape. Eighteenth-Century Life.

2008

  • Ledbury, A. (2008). Special Installation: Visions of the Stage: Prints and Drawings, 1600-1800. Williamstown, MA 01267, United States of America: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.
  • Ledbury, A. (2008). The Persistence of Pastoral in Revolutionary Art and Theater. The CESAR/Clark Symposium 2008: Visions of the Stage: Theater, Art, and Performance in France, 1600-1800, United Kingdom: CESAR (Calendrier electronique des spectacles sous l'ancien regime et sous la revolution).

2007

  • Ledbury, A. (2007). David after David: Essays on the Later Work. United States: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.
  • Ledbury, A. (2007). Greuze in Limbo: Being Betwixt and Between. In Philip Conisbee (Eds.), French Genre Painting in the Eighteenth Century: Studies in the History of Art Volume 72. United States: National Gallery of Art, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts.
  • Ledbury, A. (2007). Introduction: David after David: Essays on the Later Work. In Mark Ledbury (Eds.), David after David: Essays on the Later Work. United States: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.
  • Ledbury, A. (2007). Roman Dreams: Two Late Drawings. In Mark Ledbury (Eds.), David after David: Essays on the Later Work, (pp. 170-187). United States: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.

2006

  • Ledbury, A. (2006). Boucher and Theater. In Melissa Hyde, Mark Ledbury (Eds.), Rethinking Boucher, (pp. 133-160). United States: Getty Publications.
  • Hyde, M., Ledbury, A. (2006). Rethinking Boucher. United States: Getty Publications.
  • Ledbury, A. (2006). The Contested Image: Stage, Canvas and the Origins of the French Revolution. In Peter R. Campbell (Eds.), The Origins of the French Revolution, (pp. 191-218). United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Hyde, M., Ledbury, A. (2006). The Pleasures of Rethinking Francois Boucher. In Melissa Hyde, Mark Ledbury (Eds.), Rethinking Boucher, (pp. 1-12). United States: Getty Publications.
  • Ledbury, A. (2006). Vingt ans de recherches sur la peinture française (1775-1825) [Twenty years of research on French painting (1775-1825)]. Perspective: la revue de l'I N H A, 2006 (3), 379-406.

2005

  • Ledbury, A. (2005). But is it Art History? Some thoughts on disciplines, tensions and territories in studies of eighteenth-century art. SVEC, 2005 (4), 124-139.
  • Ledbury, A. (2005). Poison Chalice: The Legacy of D'Angiviller and David. 93rd College Art Association Annual Conference CAA 2005, United States: College Art Association (CAA).
  • Ledbury, A. (2005). Stages of Creation: History, Epic and Theatre in David's Early History Painting Projects. Studiolo, 3, 169-190.

2000

  • Ledbury, A. (2000). Sedaine, Greuze and the Boundaries of Genre. Oxford: Voltaire Foundation.

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