Online Lecture: Painting Pairs: Collaborative Research in Conservation and Art History, Courtauld Institute of Art, Thursday 22 April 2021 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (BST)

Painting Pairs presents collaborative research undertaken by graduates in conservation and art history focussing on paintings currently in the conservation studios at the Courtauld.  The paintings  that form the focus for investigation by each a pair of graduates are from different periods and pose a range of questions related to their history, conservation and display.  

At the first Zoom webinar presentation on April 22nd the pairs will introduce their paintings and present the key questions that will be the subject of their research.  The results of their investigations will be presented in May 2021. This program provides a unique opportunity for collaboration between conservators and art historians in object based art historical research. 


  • Melissa Barton – The Courtauld 
  • Sarah Besson – The Courtauld 
  • Alice Copley – The Courtauld 
  • Charlie Spragg – The Courtauld 
  • Katherine George – The Courtauld 
  • Megan Levet – The Courtauld 
  • Christopher Lillywhite – The Courtauld 
  • Malina Mihalache – The Courtauld 
  • Alice Sherwood – The Courtauld 
  • Samantha Siegler – The Courtauld 

Organised by 

  • Professor Aviva Burnstock – Professor of Conservation, The Courtauld 
  • Dr Pia Gottschaller – Senior Lecturer, Conservation, The Courtauld 
  • Dr Karen Serres – Curator of Paintings, The Courtauld Gallery

This is a live online event.  

Please register for more details. The platform and log in details will be sent to attendees at least 48 hours before the event. Please note that registration closes 30 minutes before the event start time.  

If you have not received the log in details or have any further queries, please contact 

2020-21 Participants 

Charlie Spragg (MA Architecture of Empire) with Melissa Barton (Conservation)
Portrait of Sir Ralph Bosville 

Samantha Siegler (MA Documentary Reborn) with Sarah Besson (Conservation)
Portrait of Sir Henry Strachey and his daughter Charlotte by Daniel Gardner

Katherine George (MA Curating) with Alice Sherwood (Conservation)
Portrait of a Lady with children (unknown artist) 

Malina Mihalache (MA Russian Art) with Alice Copley (Conversation)
Rite of Spring by Ethel Walker 

Christopher Lillywhite (MA Continuity and Innovation) with Megan Levet (Conservation)
Noli me tangere by Ambrose McEvoy


Published by Ellie Wilson

Ellie Wilson holds a First Class Honours in the History of Art from the University of Bristol, with a particular focus on Medieval Florence. In 2020 she achieved a Distinction in her MA at The Courtauld Institute of Art, where she specialised in the art and architecture of Medieval England under the supervision of Dr Tom Nickson. Her dissertation focussed on an alabaster altarpiece, and its relationship with the cult of St Thomas Becket in France and the Chartreuse de Vauvert. Her current research focusses on the artistic patronage of London’s Livery Companies immediately pre and post-Reformation. Ellie will begin a PhD at the University of York in Autumn 2021 with a WRoCAH studentship, under the supervision of Professor Tim Ayers and Dr Jeanne Nuechterlein.

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