Following a successful bid for a competitive research grant, Dr Mary Newbould begins a new collaborative research project: ‘The Eighteenth-Century British Novel and the Arts’

Image credit: Peregrine standing on a road at right holding the reins of his horse, looking at the beggar’s daughter dressed as a wench exiting at left accompanied by Pipes, the beggar woman standing beside him, looking to front with a coin in her hand; after Fuseli, illustration to Smollett’s ‘Peregrine Pickle’; proof before letters. 1769 Etching and engraving © The Trustees of the British Museum

‘The Eighteenth-Century British Novel and the Arts’ is supported by a 3-year ‘Opus’ grant awarded by NCN, the Polish government-funded National Science Centre. It involves a collaboration between Kazimierz Wielki University (Bydgoszcz) and Poznań University with some significant research outputs: besides conference activity and journal articles, Dr Newbould will co-edit a major collection of essays on ‘The Eighteenth-Century British Novel and the Arts’ with over 30 essays from established international scholars addressing a wide range of material and approaches to this important area of scholarly interest. The proposal is currently under consideration with a major university press. Dr Newbould will also co-curate an online exhibition of Tobias Smollett’s work and its illustrations this year, coinciding with the tercentenary of his birth.