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For some 20 years, the Queen's House in Greenwich was the studio address of the marine painters and court artists, Willem van de Velde the Elder and his son, Willem the Younger. From their Queen's House studio, they established the taste for marine painting in Britain that continues to this day. To mark 350 years since the Van de Veldes moved to England from the Dutch Republic, the Queen's House once again plays host to these 17th-century artists in residence. As part of the exhibition The Van de Veldes: Greenwich, Art and the Sea, their studio space has come alive anew, with an evocation of what it might have looked like while they were working there.

In this talk, exhibition curators Allison Goudie and Imogen Tedbury accompanied by Old Masters specialist Jeremy Howard will explore how, on the basis of archival, image and object-based research, they set about bringing the 17th-century studio back to life.

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Allison Goudie, Royal Museums Greenwich

Dr Allison Goudie is Curator of Art (Pre-1800) at Royal Museums Greenwich. Before coming to Greenwich, she was Curator of Kenwood House and previously held curatorial positions at the National Gallery and the National Trust. She completed her PhD on the subject of royal portraiture during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars at the University of Oxford in 2014. She is the recipient of a Getty Paper Project grant to bring to life the collection of Van de Velde drawings at Greenwich and is leading on RMG's programme in 2023 marking 350 years since the Van de Veldes arrived in England, the centrepiece of which is an exhibition in the Queen's House co-curated with Dr Imogen Tedbury.

Jeremy Howard, Colnaghi

Jeremy Howard is a Senior Lecturer in History of Art at the University of Buckingham and Old Master paintings specialist at Colnaghi, where he has particular responsibility for the archive and academic research. He is the Director of the Buckingham University MA in Decorative Arts and Historic Interiors, established in 2000, which he runs in partnership with the Wallace Collection and the University's MA by Research in the Art Market and History of Collecting, which he ran for several years in collaboration with The National Gallery. His research interests lie mainly in the field of British eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth-century collecting and the Gilded Age art market in Britain and America.

Imogen Tedbury, Royal Museums Greenwich

Imogen Tedbury is an art historian and curator. She has held curatorial positions at Royal Holloway, University of London, the National Gallery, London, and the Queen's House, Royal Museums Greenwich, where she was the co-curator of The Van de Veldes: Greenwich, Art and the Sea. Her PhD (2018) explored the reception of Sienese painting and her research has been supported by fellowships and grants from the Getty Research Institute, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Paul Mellon Centre and the Warburg Institute. She is currently undertaking research for the early Italian paintings catalogue of the Norton Simon Museum.

About the exhibition

Royal Museums Greenwich is home to the world's largest collection of works by the leading 17th-century marine artists Willem van de Velde the Elder, and his son, Willem van de Velde the Younger. 350 years ago, the Van de Veldes moved from their home in the Dutch Republic to England, where Charles II gave them a working space in the Queen's House at Greenwich. From their Queen's House studio, father and son transformed marine painting in Britain and established a taste for the genre that persists today.   

There are few collections of any 17th-century artist's work - maritime or otherwise - as comprehensive as the Van de Velde collection at Greenwich or as revealing about how an artist's studio functioned at this time. This exhibition celebrates this extraordinary collection and its unique association with the Queen's House, as much a site for contemporary art then as it is today.  

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