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Professor David Solkin FBA

The history of British art c.1660-1840; the politics of visual representation
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About this Fellow

One of the world'd leading authorities on the history of British art, David Solkin taught for eight years at the University of British Columbia before joining The Courtauld Institute of Art in 1986. In 2002 he was appointed Walter H Annenberg Professor of History of Art, and five years later became The Courtauld's first Dean and Deputy Director,. He curated the exhibition Art on The Line: The Royal Academy Exhibitions at Somerset House 1780-1836, at The Courtauld Gallery in 2001-2002, which received the inaugural Berger Prize for British art history. In 2009-10 Solkin organised the show Turner and the Masters, which travelled from Tate Britain to the Grand Palais and the Prado. He is currently preparing an exhibition of Thomas Gainsborough's portraits of the artist and his relations, which will open at the National Portrait Gallery in autumn 2018. Solkin will retire from The Courtauld in 2016.



Current post

  • Emeritus Professor of the History of Art, The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London

Past Appointments

  • Emeritus Professor of the History of Art, Courtauld Institute of Art University of London, 2017


Richard Wilson: The Landscape of Reaction 1982

Painting for Money: The Visual Arts and the Public Sphere in Eighteenth-Century England 1993

Painting out of the Ordinary: Modernity and the Art of Everyday Life in Early Nineteenth-Century Britain

Art in Britain 1660-1815 2015

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