Ashley Boulden

PhD Candidate


Ashley is a fourth-year doctoral candidate studying eighteenth-century French prints and drawings. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and French from Wellesley College in 2009, where her senior honors thesis “A Converging of Styles: The Davis Museum’s Album of 138 Ornament Prints” won the Plogsterth Prize in Art History. She received a Master of Studies in History of Art from the University of Oxford in 2011. Under the direction of Sarah Betzer, her dissertation “The Persistence of the Rococo and the Malleable Antique in French Ornament Prints and Interiors, 1737-1788” examines the circulation of engraved ornament in eighteenth-century Paris and its relationship to residential interior space and architectural theory. 

Prior to coming to the University of Virginia, she was the Liliane Pingoud Soriano Curatorial Fellow in the graphic arts department of the Musée du Louvre and an exhibition assistant at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In Philadelphia, she assisted with the exhibitions “Léger: Modern Art and the Metropolis” from 2012 to 2013 and “Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting” from 2014 to 2015.

Her work is generously supported by the Jefferson Scholars Foundation, where she has been an Edgar Shannon Fellow since 2015. Her dissertation research has also been supported by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Kapp Family, and the Rare Book School. Most recently, she was the inaugural Stacy Lloyd III Fellow for Bibliographic Study at the Oak Spring Garden Foundation in Upperville, Virginia.