It seems like a long time since I last added anything to this blog, and even longer since I finished my PhD.

I’ve decided that I might as well put the Word documents online, as it saves people having to email me to ask for copies.

The first chapter is available at this link.

In some ways it is quite a narrow PhD thesis. It examines the fact that17th-century printsellers placed advertisements for portrait prints in newspapers at times when the sitters were in the news. But it is also a very broad piece of work. It takes in a huge slice of current affairs from the the 1660s up to 1714. It also touches on the fact that portrait prints were certainly not the only consumer goods to be marketed in conjunction with news events.