Dr Linda Whiteley writes and teaches in several areas of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European art, including the decorative arts, and has contributed to a number of international conferences on aspects of the history of dealing and collecting. In February, 2002, she co-organised a symposium at Oxford entitled Academies of Art in Britain and France, c.1780-1830. In 2003 she organised a second symposium at Oxford entitled State and Private Apartments: the French Ideal and the English Interior, 1660- 1710, and was co-organiser of the conference on French ornament drawing at the Maison Française, Oxford in 2005.
Co-author of Tradition and Revolution in French Art, 1700-1800 (1994), some of her more recent work has been on the language of sale catalogues in England and France in the late eighteenth century, the subject of two recently published articles. Together with Professor Stephen Bann, she curated the exhibition Painting History: Paul Delaroche and Lady Jane Grey, held in London at the National Gallery in 2010. More recently she contributed an essay on the critical reception of Paul Cézanne to the catalogue of the exhibition Cézanne and the Past, held at the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest, in 2012-2013. In 2016, she accepted an invitation to lecture at the University of Neuchâtel, and one from the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou (in the annual Ernst Gombrich Memorial series). Both were on aspects of the interest in early Italian art in nineteenth-century Britain.
Recent exhibitions in London and Paris on the subject of Paul Durand-Ruel and Impressionism have led her to think again about this, and so to revisit the groundwork of her doctoral thesis (on painters and dealers in nineteenth-century France).
Dr Whiteley is a research associate in the Department of the History of Art where she has regularly taught and supervised since 1995.