Ashley Boulden

Edgar Shannon Fellow
Havre de Grace, Maryland
B.A. Wellesley College (2009)
M.A. University of Oxford (2011)
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Art History


Ashley Boulden is a Ph.D. candidate in Art and Architectural History in the McIntire Department of Art at the University of Virginia. She received her B.A. in Art History and French from Wellesley College and her M.A. in the History of Art and Visual Culture from the University of Oxford. Her research explores eighteenth-century French print culture and its relationship to Parisian decorative arts, residential interior space, and luxury objects. Prior to coming to the University of Virginia, she held curatorial research and exhibition assistant positions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Musée du Louvre. Her dissertation research has been supported by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Kapp Family, the Rare Book School, and the Decorative Arts Trust. In 2018, she was the inaugural Stacy Lloyd III Fellow for Bibliographic Study at the Oak Spring Garden Foundation in Upperville, Virginia. Most recently, she received the École normale supérieure fellowship, which will enable her to spend the 2019-2020 academic year in Paris conducting dissertation research and writing.

Thesis Description:

Licentious Prints: The Persistence of the Rococo and the Malleable Antique in French Ornament Prints and Interiors, 1737-1788

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