Dr Thomas Stammers
Tom Stammers is a cultural historian of France in the long nineteenth century. His forthcoming book Collection, Recollection, Revolution: Scavenging the Past in Nineteenth-Century Paris explores the politics of collecting, the art market and cultural heritage in post-revolutionary France. His next major project concerns the experience of French dynasties in exile and the dispersion and recuperation of the royal patrimony. Tom is also editing a volume of essays on the art historian Francis Haskell's inquiries into nineteenth-century taste, arising from a conference he organized at St John's College, Oxford and the Ashmolean in 2015. Parallel research projects include connoisseurship in the nineteenth-century Louvre and the historiography of 1789 in interwar France. He is a regular contributor and feature writer for the arts magazine Apollo, and in January 2017 co-curated an exhibition at the Bowes Museum on 'The Allure of Napoleon'.
Tom is interested in a wide range of historiographical and theoretical controversies related to eighteenth and nineteenth-century Europe.
- Aesthetics and Politics
- Counter-Revolutionary Thought and Culture c.1789-1900
- France, c.1750-1900
- Heritage and Historical Consciousness
- Museums and Collecting
- The Enlightenment and European Romanticism
- The French Revolutionary Tradition
- Urban History
Chapter in book
- 2016 'Jean-Louis Soulavie: une collection de l'histoire immédiate', in Bertrand, Gilles Biard, Michel & Chevalier, Alain (eds.), Collectionner la Révolution française, Société des Études Robespierristes, pp. 81-93
- 2016 'The Myth of the Belle Madeleine: street culture and celebrity in nineteenth-century Paris', in Calaresu, M. & Heuvel, Danielle van (eds.), Food Hawkers: Selling in the street from Antiquity to the Present, Routledge, pp. 136-164
- 2014 'Scavenging rococo: Trouvailles, Bibelots and Counter-Revolutionary Politics', in Hyde, M. & Scott,K. (eds.), Rococo Echo: Art, History and Historiography from Cochin to Coppola, Voltaire Foundation, University of Oxford, pp. 71-86
- 2013 'Rendering the Rag-Picker in Nineteenth-Century Paris', in Milano, Alberto (ed.), Generals and Beggars, Actors and Sovereigns: Portraits in Widely Circulating Prints from the XVII to XX Century, Tassotti, pp. 393-99
- 2013 'The Faubourg Saint-Antoine: Epicentre of Revolution?', in Milne, Anna-Louise (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of Paris, Cambridge University Press, pp. 52-70
- 2008 'The Refuse of the Revolution: Autograph Collecting in France 1789-1860', in Armenteros,C., Blanning, T., DiVanna, I. & Dodds,D. (eds.), Historicising the French Revolution, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 39-63
- 2017 The Allure of Napoleon: Essays Inspired by the Collections of the Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, The Bowes Museum.
- 2018 'Anatomy of a Salesroom, 1887: The Crown Jewels and the French Third Republic', The Journal of Modern History
- 2014 ''Catholics, Collectors and the Commune: Heritage as Counter-revolution in Paris, 1860-1809'', French Historical Studies 37:1, pp. 53-87
- 2013 'Salvaging and Archiving the French Revolution', E-France: New Perspectives on the French Revolution 4, pp. 57-59
- 2008 'The Bric-à-Brac of the Old Regime: Collecting and Cultural History in post-revolutionary France', French History 22, pp. 295-315