The British Art Journal

 The British Art Journal has now ceased printed publication (at Volume XXIV, No. 3), owing to the retirement of the editor. We are not accepting any new subscriptionsWe will, however, be publishing occasional articles online – under the series: The British Art Journal: Postscript, please check here . 

Enlightened Eclecticism, The Grand Designs of the 1st Duke and Duchess of Northumberland by Adriano Aymonino has been announced as the winner of the 20th annual William MB Berger Prize for British Art History

More details to follow…

The annual prize created to recognize excellence in the field of British art history was created in 2001 by the Berger Collection Educational Trust (BCET) and The British Art Journal, in honour of the late American collector and patron William MB Berger.

Since its inception, the Berger Prize has come to be recognized as the most respected in the field.


Adriano Aymonino being presented with the 2022 Berger Prize by Sir Charles Saumarez Smith on Tuesday 29 November during an event at The Reform Club, London.

“Once again we’ve been presented with a vast array of brilliantly researched and written books, as always it is a hugely difficult job to pick a shortlist, let alone a winner.”

2022 Berger Prize - Short List

David Alexander
A Biographical Dictionary of British and Irish Engravers, 1714–1820
Paul Mellon Centre
ISBN 9781913107215
hb £75 pp1120

Manolo Guerci
London’s ‘Golden Mile’: The Great Houses of the Strand, 1550–1650
Paul Mellon Centre
ISBN 9781913107239
hb £50 pp336 220 col


Kenneth McConkey
Towards the Sun: The Artist-Traveller at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
Paul Holberton Publishing
ISBN 9781913645083
hb £50 pp260 250 col & bw


Cicely Robinson, ed
Henry Scott Tuke
Yale University Press
ISBN 9780300265842
pb £20 hb £30 pp160 130 col


Adriano Aymonino
Enlightened Eclecticism, The Grand Designs of the 1st Duke and Duchess of Northumberland
Paul Mellon Centre
ISBN 9781913107178
hb £50 pp256 285 col & bw


final print ISSUES


Cover Vol. XXIIIV No. 2

La Belle dame sans ‘Merci’  by EH. Punch 
7 December 1895
See pp. 61–66

Cover Vol. XXIIIV No. 3

An Illustration of all 71 covers of The British Art Journal

This months feature is The whole of the final print Issue of the British Art Journal


2 | William MB Berger Prize 2023: Winner

3 | Sophie Rhodes
‘Translated into English Lymning’
The cabinet miniature copies of Peter Oliver (c1589–1647)

16 | Martin Postle
‘A simple domestic character’
A study by Thomas Lawrence (1769–1830) for George IV in private dress

23 | Tom Hockenhull
Designs for coins and medals by William Wyon (1795–1851) and his circle

36 | Peter S Forsaith
‘An odd purchase now and then’
The picture collection of James Everett (1784–1872)

43 | James DW Church
‘Took the Jurors by Storm’
William Orpen, the Carnegie Institute and American Art (1910–1915)

50 | David Platzer
Harold Acton Part VI

57 | Rina Arya
Bacon’s beasts
The pathos of the animal in the art of Francis Bacon (1909–1982)

61 | Ed Lilley
Problems in picturing Keats’s La Belle Dame sans Merci

67 | Clive J Easter
The monument to Penelope Boothby in St Oswald’s, Ashbourne

71 | John Eglin
Girolama Piccolomini’s portrait of James Boswell

73 | Geoffrey Munn
New light on Dadd
George Bailey (1821–1898) by Richard Dadd (1817–86)

77 | Peter Cormack
Martin Ferguson Smith
The Artist Helen Coombe (1864–1937).
The Tragedy of Roger Fry’s Wife



2 | Copyright

3 | Peter Humfrey
The picture collections of the poet Samuel Rogers (1763–1855) and his siblings

17 |  Peter Jones
A neglected little gem of 1946’
Clausentum by John Arlott (1914–1991) and Michael Ayrton (1921–1975)

27 | Philip McEvansoneya
Estella Solomons (1882–1968) and the Irish contribution to the Artists’ Refugee Committee

33 | Iain Macdonald
William Alister Macdonald (1861–1956) of Scotland and Tahiti
A portrait of the artist in the third age

44 | William Chubb
Mendelssohn and Sophocles
Victoria and Albert’s sixth wedding anniversary

47 |  Charles Raab
The discovery of two portrait drawings by the young Thomas Lawrence (1769–1830)

49 | Alexander Marr
Holbein’s earliest portraits in England?
The sequence of his work for Sir Thomas More

58 |  Allister Neher
Benjamin Robert Haydon (1786–1846) and the ‘Illustrious’ John Bell
The anatomical foundations of the Lectures on Painting and Design

67 | Robert LS Cowley
William Hogarth’s personal ‘Erewhon’
A search for the ‘Guzzledown’ of his Election series

74 | Robin Simon
Giotto, Caravaggio, Gainsborough, Reynolds, and the Purkinje Shift

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The British Art Journal was launched at a reception given at the Thomas Coram Foundation (now the Foundling Museum), 40 Brunswick Square WC1 on 1 July 1999. Two issues were published in the first year, and three issues have been published every year since.

The British Art Journal publishes original research on British art of all periods, and actively encourages the work of younger scholars. Articles cover most fields of art-historical research, including painting and the graphic arts, books and publishing, sculpture, architecture, the decorative arts, and the history of dress.
Submissions are invited from scholars.
Main articles are usually 3,000 – 7,500 words, but it is a policy of the journal to consider longer articles up to 20,000 words; shorter articles up to 3,000 words.
Suggestions for reviews of books and exhibitions are welcomed. 
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All research articles are refereed.