The British Art Journal to cease publication

We very much regret having to announce that The British Art Journal will cease publication on 31 December this year, 2023, with the publication of Volume XXIV, No. 3, owing to the retirement of the editor. It may well start again under new management, but nothing has yet been decided. 

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The British Art Journal is published three times a year. It was founded in Autumn 1999, with two issues in the first volume, but there have been three in each volume since then. The volumes appear annually, although in practice the issues may run over into a following calendar year, which does not affect the subscription entitlement of three issues per subscription.

Editor: Robin Simon

Art Director: David N Hodgson

Associate Editor (Reviews): Simon Poë

Associate Editor (Books): Martin Hopkinson

Consultant Editor (USA): John Wilson

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Tir y Blaenau by David Jones (1895–1974), 1924–5.
Watercolour, ink and crayon, 57 x 39.5 cm.
National Library of Wales.

This months featured article is a review  of Frédéric Ogée’s Sir Thomas Lawrence: Le Génie du portrait anglais

by Andrew Wilton on p 108 


2 | William MB Berger Prize 2023 Long List

3 | Susanna Avery-Quash
The extraordinary in the ordinary
Stanley Spencer (1891–1959) as a religious painter

15 | Hilary Davies
Sacramental landscapes
Coventry sixty years on

21 | Patricia R Andrew
A place in the country
The so-called ‘Raphael’s Villa’ in Rome

27 | Tim Marshall
Edward Rooker (1724–1774) and Michael Angelo Rooker (1747–1801)
Family connections

37 | Martin Hopkinson
The London paintings of Victor Mottez (1809–1897)

49 | David Platzer
Harold Acton Part V
Harold at Oxford: back to Mahogany

61 | Richard Dagorne
Henry de Triqueti (1803–1874)
A forgotten candidate for the Memorial to the Great Exhibition

67 | Philip Ward-Jackson
Some unknown projects and recent revelations
The Memorial to the Great Exhibition and the critical fortunes of Henry de Triqueti (1803–1874)

70 | FG Notehelfer
Some further observations on John Constable’s ‘Garter Painting’ 

73 | Brendan Cassidy
Gavin Hamilton (1723–1798)
His beginnings as an artist informed by an unpublished 
collection of letters

87 | Kenneth McConkey
‘Life’s most real satisfactions’
The Ireland of William Henry Bartlett (1856–1932)

96 | Melissa L Gustin
‘What Are Men to Rocks and Mountains?’
Mythology and geology in Chaos by GF Watts (1817–1904)

105 | Martin Hopkinson
François Marandet
Louis Chéron (Paris, 1655–London, 1725). L’ambition du dessin parfait


115 | Kenneth McConkey
‘Essence of Nature – Pre-Raphaelites to British Impressionists’ 
Lost progressive artist of the mid-19th century