Tabitha Barber is Curator of British Art, 1500–1750, at Tate Britain, and specialises, in particular, on the early modern period. She has worked on many exhibitions, most recently, British Baroque: Power and Illusion, Tate Britain 2020, which explored the associations between art, power and magnificence in the period 1660-1714. She was a member of the AHRC-funded Iconoclasms Network (University of Birmingham/Tate) in the lead-up to the exhibition Art under Attack: Histories of British Iconoclasm (Tate Britain 2013); the AHRC Court, Country, City 1660-1735 project (University of York/Tate); and the Getty-funded technical research project which examined Tudor and Stuart works in the Tate collection. She has mounted numerous in-focus displays at Tate Britain, including Andrea Soldi and the English Levant Merchants, 2008-9, and William Dobson: Artist of the Civil War, 2018-19. Tabitha specialise in the work of Mary Beale. She curated the 1999 Geffrye Museum exhibition on Beale, and is currently working on a volume of primary sources related to her (Walpole Society, forthcoming) as well as a monograph. Her research on early modern women artists is reflected in recent Tate acquisitions of works by Beale, Carlile and Killigrew. Future projects include an exhibition on Tudor art, and an exhibition on historic women artists.


  • Castle Howard Petworth House

    The Petworth Beauties

    by Tabitha Barber