LECTURE (Mark Westgarth, Leeds): 'Locating the Jewish Art Dealer in London: cultural and spatial geographies'

As part of the Jewish Country Houses project’s workshop on ‘Jewish Dealers and the European Art Market 1850-1930’, Mark Westgarth (Leeds) delivered the first keynote lecture: ‘Locating the Jewish Art Dealer: Cultural & Spatial Geographies’.

This lecture explores the physical and symbolic spaces occupied by the Jewish dealer in nineteenth-century London. It highlights the benefits of a spatial analysis for understanding the changing position of Jewish dealers within broader changes in the market for art and antiques, and highlights the powerful cultural prejudices directed against them into the early twentieth century. The lecture is introduced by Tom Stammers (Durham), Silvia Davoli (Oxford and Strawberry Hill House) and Alice Minter (V&A). 

Dr Mark Westgarth is Associate Professor in Art History and Museum Studies and Director of the Centre for the Study of the Art & Antiques Market at the University of Leeds.