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Henrietta Ward

Assistant Keeper

Henrietta is the Assistant Keeper in the Paintings, Drawings and Prints department and has a special interest in 17th-century Dutch and Flemish paintings. She has recently curated the exhibitions Making Waves: Discovering seascapes through drawings and watercolours and Brueghel and his time: Landscape drawings from the Bruce Ingram bequest. She is a member of CODART, the international network for curators of Dutch and Flemish art.

Before joining the Fitzwilliam in September 2015, Henrietta was Curatorial Fellow at Dulwich Picture Gallery, London and Curatorial Trainee supported by the Art Fund at the National Gallery, London during which time she also worked at Manchester Art Gallery to research and redisplay their Dutch and Flemish collection. She is currently putting together a research project around the Fitzwilliam Museum’s significant collection of flower paintings, botanical drawings, floral miniatures and albums. Henrietta received her History of Art BA (Hons) from the University of Nottingham and her History of Art MA from the University of Bristol.


Research Interests

17th-century Dutch and Flemish paintings especially Peter Paul Rubens, the Brueghel dynasty, Dutch fijnschilder (fine painters), still-life and flower painters, botanical art, animals, birds and insects in art, artistic collaborations, collecting of Dutch and Flemish art in the 20th century, representation and symbolism of wine in Western art and culture, Pre-Raphaelites and late Victorian painting.


Recent/Major Publications


‘Some thoughts on Curating an Exhibition: still life in conversation’ in Woodley, Frances (ed.), Still Life: all coherence gone?, Aberystwyth, A School of Art Publication, Aberystwyth University, 2014, pp.24-27

“The rising genius’: Simeon Solomon’s unexplored interpretation of Sandro Botticelli’ The British Art Journal Vol. 12, No. 3, Winter 2011-12, pp.60-67


‘Frank Cadogan Cowper: a ‘Neo-Pre-Raphaelite’?’ British Art Network: Overlooked Victorian Artists, Manchester Art Gallery, 16 January 2014.

‘A marriage with art: the Assheton Bennett Bequest, Manchester City Galleries’, Barber Institute of Fine Arts Study Day: From Crash to Recovery: the UK Fine Art Market 1929-60, 31 October 2013.