Annie Richardson worked in publishing before studying Art History at The University of East Anglia and the University of Sussex and taught for the Open University, Anglia Polytechnic University, and West Surrey Institute of Art and Design before joining History of Art and Design at the Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton. Her main research and teaching interests are in eighteenth-century British visual and material culture, the history of artistic types and identities, and historical masculinities.
Research on eighteenth-century ideas of taste and beauty has included a project to contextualise the artist William Hogarth's radical theory of beauty as outlined in his book The Analysis of Beauty (1753). Publications look at the relationship between his definition of beauty as serpentine curvature and contemporary ideas about dance, drama, luxury and consumption. She has also written on issues of artistic identity and on the representation of women in Nazi Art. Current research continues to explore relationships between philosophical aesthetics and the material practice of aesthetics through Hogarth's Analysis. She is also currently working on cultures of masculinity in the long eighteenth century, looking at masculine character ideals and how these are expressed through particular cultural forms and activities, including male friendships, club culture, male humour, satire and the perception and self-fashioning of artists.
'The Nazification of Women on Art' in: Taylor, B. and van der Wil, W. (eds), The Nazification of Art. Art, Design, Music Architecture and Film in the Third Reich, (Winchester: The Winchester Press, 1990)
'Framing one's own Fortune: Hogarth's Analysis of Beauty and Country Dance in Comic Drama' in: John Playford and The English Dancing Master, Proceedings of the Third Dolmetsch Historical Dance Society Conference (London: The Dolmetsch Historical Dance Society and the English Folk dance and Song Society, 2001)
'Blotting and Blurring One Against the Other: Reynolds, Gainsborough and Narratives of the Artist' (with Andrew Kennedy) Oxford Art Journal, 25,1 (2002, 106-118)
'From the Moral Mound to the Material Maze: Hogarth's Analysis of Beauty' in: Berg, M. and Eger, E. Luxury in the Eighteenth Century: Debates, Desires and Delectable Goods (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2002)
'An Aesthetics of Performance: Dance in Hogarth's Analysis of Beauty', Dance Research, January 2003, 38-87.