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Barbara Lasic

Faculty, MA in Fine and Decorative Art and Design, London

PhD, The University of Manchester / Sotheby's Institute of Art
The University of Manchester
DEUG, English Literature and History: Université Denis Diderot, Paris 7

Barbara has published on the subject of French decorative arts, the history of taste and the history of collecting, and museum architecture. Her research interests include the production and consumption of French decorative arts, 1650-1900, the private and institutional collecting and display of French art, and the intersection of the art market and curatorial practice in the early twentieth century. Prior to her academic career, Barbara worked at the Victoria and Albert Museum as part of the curatorial team involved in the redevelopment of the Europe: 1600-1800 galleries, and she held curatorial positions at the Wellcome Trust and the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

Barbara Lasic
  • Professional Affiliations

    Professional Affiliations

    Trustee, The Furniture History Society

    External Examiner, BA in Art History, The Open University
  • Exhibitions


    Victoria and Albert Museum, Architecture Gallery
    ’Albertopolis: the Development of South Kensington and the Exhibition Road Cultural Quarter’, 26 November 2011 – 29 April 2012.

    Victoria and Albert Museum, Sackler Centre
    ‘So Noble a Confection: Producing and Consuming Chocolate, 1600-1800’, Sackler Centre, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, October 2010 – September 2011.

    Victoria and Albert Museum, Architecture Gallery
    ‘Gargoyles and Shadows: Gothic Architecture and Nineteenth-Century Photography’, 7 January – 16 May 2010.

    The Wellcome Trust, London
    ‘The Dance of Death from Holbein to Rowlandson’, March – April 2003.
  • Publications



    Barbara Lasic and Jeremy Howard (eds), A Cultural History of Collecting in the Age of Enlightenment (Bloomsbury Academic, 2020)

    Barbara Lasic (ed.), Museums as Houses, Houses as Museums (Bloomsbury Academic, 2021)

    Book Chapters

    ‘Saved for the Nation: The acquisition of the Soulages Collection by the South Kensington Museum, 1859-65’ in A. Gril-Mariotte, Art et industrie. L'Europe des musées d'art industriel au XIXe siècle, instruire, collectionner et exposer (Presses Universitaires de Strasbourg, forthcoming 2019).

    ‘Motifs in furniture’ in C. Anderson (ed.), A Cultural History of Furniture in the Eighteenth Century (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019).

    'Ethnicity', in P. McNeil (ed.), A Cultural History of Fashion Vol.4: The Age of Enlightenment (1650-1800) (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016).

    “‘Un besoin qui seul nous dérobe au present’: collecting and (re) constructing the Ancien Régime in 19th-century France and Britain”, in P. Rosenberg (ed.), Acteurs, enjeux, formes et pratiques de la collection de 1850 à nos jours (Paris: Nicolas Chaudin, forthcoming).

    “Madame de Pompadour”, “The Serilly Cabinet”, “The Art of Writing” in Elizabeth Miller & Hilary Young (eds), The Arts of Living, (London: V&A Publishing, 2015). Read more in our Publication of the week section (16 October 2015).

    “‘The next best thing’: acquiring and displaying replicas at the South Kensington Museum, 1854-1899”, in M. Aldrich (ed.), Authenticating Art Works: Studies in the Art Object (London: Lund Humphries, 2012).

    “Memorialized”, in Luca Basso et al. (eds), Interior Wor[l]ds (Turin: Allemandi University Press, 2010), 143-148.

    “Eclectic Visions and Elevated Ideals: Museums and Galleries in nineteenth-century Britain”, in G. Brandwood (ed.), Living, Leisure and Law: Eight Building Types in England, 1800-1914 (London: Spire Books, 2010).


    “Going East: the Hertford-Wallace Collection at Bethnal Green, 1872-1875”, Journal of the History of Collections 26.2 (2014), 249-261.

    “‘Dignity and Graciousness’: Mewès and Davis and the creation of ‘tous les Louis’ period rooms”, Furniture History XLVIII (2012).

    “Architecture et Photographie au 19ème siècle”, Art et Métiers du Livre 276 (January 2010), 44-53.

    “Splendid Patriotism: Richard Wallace and the Construction of the Wallace Collection”, Journal of the History of Collections 21.2 (November 2009), 173-182.

    “A Display of Opulence. Alfred de Rothschild and the Visual Recording of Halton House”, Furniture History 40 (2004).

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