Tom Stammers is a cultural historian of France; His first book, ‘The Purchase of the Past’ (Cambridge University Press), won the 2021 RHS Gladstone Prize.

It’s time to look again at the golden age of sleaze and splendour

Was the French Second Empire as morally and artistically bankrupt as its critics made it out to be?

26 Sep 2016

Cavorting amid the ruins with Hubert Robert

The French artist’s obsessive portrayal of antiquity reveals his endless variety

2 Jun 2016

Diary: on Francis Haskell

The enduring intellectual influence of Francis Haskell, the ‘historian’s art historian’ who reshaped the whole discipline.

31 Aug 2015