Photo courtesy of National Gallery of Art

The MFAH hosts a live audience at the museum to watch and to participate in this daylong conference hosted by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in London, England. A live stream link — so you can watch at home or on your mobile device from anywhere — will be made available here shortly before the program.

This event follows the museum's 38th Annual Ruth K. Shartle Symposium, held in October, about the former exhibition American Adversaries: West and Copley in a Transatlantic World. In the Shartle Symposium, art historical perspectives were blended with art conservation; in London, the focus is solely art historical, focusing on how two painters from the American colonies rose to the top of the British art world.


  • 9:15 a.m. - Introduction by Mark Hallett, the Paul Mellon Centre
  • 9:30 a.m. - American Adversaries video introduction by Emily Neff, Fred Jones Jr., Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma, and Kaylin Weber, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
  • 10 a.m. - Break
  • 10:15 a.m. - "Copley's Revolutions" by Jane Kamensky, Brandeis University
  • 11 a.m. - "West's General Wolfe in 18th-Century France" by Stephane Roy, Carleton University
  • 11:45 a.m. - Lunch break
  • 12:45 p.m. - "Copley, West and John Boydell: New Mechanisms of Patronage in Late 18th-Century London" by Rosie Dias, University of Warwick
  • 1:30 p.m. - "Displaying History: West's Gallery and the Great Room" by Kaylin Weber, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
  • 2:15 p.m. - Break
  • 2:30 p.m. - "Out of Time, Out of Place: Copley's Last Pictures" by Sarah Monks, University of East Anglia
  • 3:15 p.m. - "West and Shakespeare in Early 19th-Century Philadelphia" by Wendy Bellion, University of Delaware
  • 4 p.m. - Concluding remarks, Mark Hallett and Emily Neff



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Houston, TX 77005


Admission is free.
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