Stephen Lloyd is Curator of the Derby Collection at Knowsley Hall, Merseyside.

Captain Lord George Graham in his Cabin, (c. 1745), William Hogarth. National Maritime Museums, Greenwich

Group dynamics in polite society

How ‘conversation piece’ paintings summed up the social aspirations of a new social class

22 Feb 2018
Self-portrait (1773–74), Pompeo Batoni.

Pompeo Batoni didn’t just paint aristocrats abroad

The most prestigious portrait painter in 18th-century Rome also had a flair for religious and mythological subjects

9 Jun 2016

Pastel Perfect: a rare chance to see Jean-Étienne Liotard’s portraits in Britain

This travelling exhibition is a treat for lovers of 18th-century art

28 Oct 2015