Lindsay Wells

Position title: Ph.D. Candidate


Lindsay Wells is an art history Ph.D. candidate and 2019–20 Chester Dale Fellow in the Department of European Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Drawing together art history with the environmental humanities, her research explores how visual culture and gardening have defined ecological thought from the nineteenth century through the present day.

Lindsay’s dissertation examines how the Victorian houseplant industry influenced botanical imagery in nineteenth-century British painting, with a focus on horticultural practices that tied together issues of empire and the environment. Her essays have appeared or are forthcoming in the journals Victorian Studies and Victorian Literature and Culture, and she has received support for her research from the Huntington Library, Dumbarton Oaks, the Winterthur Museum, the Oak Spring Garden Foundation, Baylor University’s Armstrong Browning Library, the Delaware Art Museum, the Ruskin Library, and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

Primary Advisor(s)
Nancy Rose Marshall