‘My first and last thought is, how it will look’:
Dining in the Eighteenth-Century British Country House
My name is Alyssa and I am from Texas! I am an art and design historian with a focus on 17th and 18th century European ceramics and the British country house. My MA dissertation, ‘My first and last thought is, how it will look’: Dining in the Eighteenth-Century British Country House, explored the eighteenth-century ideologies of artifice and Taste inherent in the exclusively formal country house dinner. I am the co-creator of the design history blog for a non-academic audience, Out of Touch, Out of Time (outoftouchoutoftime2020.wordpress.com). Since graduating from the RCA and V&A History of Design Programme in December 2020, I have spoken at the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS) 50th Annual Conference and will also be speaking at the French Porcelain Society’s Emerging Scholars Forum and the Association for Art History’s Annual Conference later this year. I am currently working as a part-time assistant with Colnaghi Archive and Art Gallery in London cataloging sales records. My career goals are to pursue my PhD in the future and eventually work as a museum curator in decorative arts and ceramics!