Jan Stuart

Asia with speciality in China

Department: Asia 


+44 (0)20 7323 8359

Research interests include paintings, decorative arts, garden design and Buddhist sculpture. She will take part in the department’s survey to re-evaluate and update the records of Chinese paintings and she is engaged in a project on the study of display practice in late imperial China.

Before joining the Museum in 2006, she was a curator of Chinese art at the Smithsonian Institution’s Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, which together constitute the national museum of Asian art in the United States.

Current projects

  • Participation in the department’s exhibition programmes

  • Chinese painting
    Participation in a plan to re-evaluate the Chinese painting collection
  • Active role in department acquisitions

External fellowships/ honorary positions/ membership of professional bodies

  • Ars Orientalis, editorial board since 1991.

  • Oriental Art, editorial board, since March 1995, and special guest editor for Autumn 1997 issue

Recent publications

J. Stuart, 'Chinese Art at the Freer and Sackler gallery,' Arts of Asia, Jan-Feb (2006)

J. Stuart, 'Imperial Portraiture' (p. 64-68) and extended catalogue entries on 11 Kangxi-, Yongzheng-, and Qianlong-period paintings (pp. 384-387;404-5;419), in Evelyn Rawski and Jessica Rawson, eds., China: The Three Emperors, 1662–1795 (London: Royal Academy, November 2005).

J. Stuart, 'The Face in Life and Death: Mimesis and Chinese Ancestor Portraits,' in W. Hong and K. Tsiang, (eds.), Face and Body in Chinese Art (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University, 2005), pp. 197–228

J. Stuart, ' "Distant Thoughts among Antiquities", a painting from "Twelve Beauties at Leisure Painted for Prince Yinzhen" ' , for The Royal Academy Magazine (November 2005)

J. Stuart, 'A Gift of Chinese Furniture to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery,’ Orientations (November 2004)

J. Stuart, ‘Dressing Chinese Tables and Chairs: Furnishing Textiles in Imperial China,’ Oriental Art, vol.XLVII, no. 4 (2001), p. 38–46

J. Stuart and Evelyn S. Rawski, Worshiping the Ancestors: Chinese Commemorative Portraits (Washington, D.C. Freer+Sackler Galleries and Stanford University Press, 2001)