Catherine Hewitt Biography

Catherine Hewitt

Catherine Hewitt has had a long career in academia, with a special interest in 19th-century French art, literature and social history.

Having been awarded a first-class honours degree in BA French from Royal Holloway, University of London, she went on to attend the prestigious Courtauld Institute of Art where she took a Masters in the History of 19th-Century French Art and was awarded a distinction. In 2012, she completed her PhD on The Formation of the Family in 19th-Century French Literature and Art, with joint supervision from Royal Holloway and the Courtauld Institute. Throughout her academic career, she has regularly presented papers at conferences, published work in academic journals and was awarded numerous university prizes.

On completing her PhD, Catherine set out to use her academic training to bring history and people alive for a mainstream audience. She now writes, lectures and runs workshops on 19th-century French art, literature and social history. She also works as a freelance translator, and her portfolio includes a translation of a permanent exhibition of the work of the radical French female painter Suzanne Valadon for a gallery near Limoges in France.

Catherine lives in a village in Surrey. When she is not working, she can be found helping restore her family’s cottage in the middle of rural France, cooking, reading and enjoying country walks with her dog, Alfie.


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