This symposium aimed to air and develop new research inspired by the 2017 exhibition Alma-Tadema: At Home in Antiquity, on view at Leighton House Museum. It brought together scholars and students from art and design history, architectural history, garden history, classics, classical reception studies, film studies, theatre history, musicology, and Victorian studies among others.


Introduction by Elizabeth Prettejohn (Professor of Art History, University of York) and Peter Trippi (Editor-in-chief of Fine Art Connoisseur)

Plenary Lecture
'Living in the Past; Or, What Do We Want From Artists’ Houses?'

Plenary Lecture by Christopher Reed (Liberal Arts Professor of English, Visual Culture, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Pennsylvania State University

Panel 1: Artists’ Houses in Britain

Chair: Morna O’Neill (Wake Forest University, USA)

Paper by Charlotte Gere (Independent Scholar): ‘An Alma-Tadema House’.

Paper by Caroline Dakers, Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts London): ‘The influence of Alma Tadema is everywhere, he is our Master’ (Henry Woods, RA, 21 April 1887). Exploring the ‘master mind’ of Alma Tadema.

Paper by Shelley Hales (Senior Lecturer, University of Bristol): ‘Re-staging the Roman Home'

Plenary Lecture
'The Resistant Materiality of William De Morgan’s “Arab Hall”'

Plenary Lecture by Mary Roberts (Professor of Art History and Nineteenth-Century Studies, University of Sydney)

Peter Trippi: ‘From Galleries and Printsellers to Theatres and Cinemas: Transmitting Alma-Tadema 1893–1913’

Paper by Peter Trippi (Editor-in-chief of Fine Art Connoisseur)