Dr Godfrey Evans is Principal Curator of European Decorative Arts.
Godfrey Evans has an MA in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, and a PhD in Art History from Edinburgh University. He is responsible for the collections of English and European silver, sculpture, ceramics and glass, enamels, and arms and armour from 1500 to 1850. Among the treasures in his section are the Lennoxlove toilet service, Napoleon tea service, and many other items from the outstanding collection of the Dukes of Hamilton, the premier peers of Scotland.
Godfrey’s main research interests are the Dukes of Hamilton and the Hamilton Palace collection, which was largely dispersed in two great series of sales in 1882-84 and 1919-20. He is currently working on a number of articles and a book on the Dukes of Hamilton and the Hamilton Palace collection between 1799 and 1919. In addition, he is collaborating, as a Director of the Virtual Hamilton Palace Trust, with the School of Culture and Creative Arts at Glasgow University on the publication of the 1876 and other Hamilton Palace inventories on the web, and supervising two AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award PhDs on ‘The Western Ceramics in the Hamilton Palace Collection’ and ‘The Dispersal of the Hamilton Palace Collection, 1880-2010’.
Godfrey is also working with Hungarian museums and galleries which have Hamilton items in their collections, as a result of the marriage of the daughter of the 11th Duke of Hamilton to Count Tassilo Festetics in 1880.
Godfrey’s exhibition publications include:
- Nicholas and Alexandra: The Last Tsar and Tsarina. Edinburgh: National Museums of Scotland, 2005
- Souvenirs from Roman Times to the Present Day. Edinburgh: NMS Publishing Ltd, 1999.
- French Connections: Scotland and the Arts of France. Edinburgh: HMSO, 1985.
His published articles include:
- In the Shadow of Jacques-Louis David’s Napoleon: The 10th Duke of Hamilton and Raeburn. In Henry Raeburn: Context, Reception and Reputation, ed. V. Coltman and S. Lloyd, Edinburgh University Press, 2012, 122-52.
- Clarifying the View: The Visual Record of the Grangemouth Terracotta Works in the 1850s. Northern Ceramic Society Journal, 25, 2011, 106-12.
- The 11th Duke and Duchess of Hamilton and France. Journal of the Scottish Society for Art History 14, 2009-10, 7-17.
- The Restoration and Enlargement of Hamilton Palace by the 10th Duke of Hamilton, 1806-32. Review of Scottish Culture 21, 2009, 35-66.
- The Grangemouth Coal Company and the Rise and Fall of the ‘Grangemouth Terracotta Works’. Northern Ceramic Society Journal 25, 2008-9, 93-116
- (With Ulrike Al Khamis). Faint Echoes of Past Splendour: A Group of Brass Plaques from 19th-century Qajar Iran. In R. Hillenbrand (ed.) Shahnama: The Visual Language of the Persian Book of Kings. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing Ltd, 2004, 129-41.
- The Hamilton Collection and the 10th Duke of Hamilton. Journal of the Scottish Society for Art History 8, 2003, 53-72.
- The Acquisition of Stuart Silver and Other Relics by the Dukes of Hamilton. In E. Corp (ed.), The Stuart Court in Rome: The Legacy of Exile. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing Ltd, 2003, 131-48.
- The Formation of the Glass Collections of the National Museums of Scotland. In D.C. Watts (ed.), Glass Collectors and their Collections in Museums in Great Britain. London: The Glass Circle, 1999, 17-24.
For further publications see: National Museums Scotland Research Repository.