To publish outstanding original research on British art (interpreted in the widest sense), adopting all approaches to the discipline, and with a particular view to seeing British art in a wider international context. To encourage and support the work of younger 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.
Research articles will be refereed.

Editorial Board

Dr Martin Postle
Paul Mellon Centre for
Studies in British Art, London
Professor Allen Staley
Columbia University, New York

Emeritus Professor William Pressly
University of Maryland
Professor Emeritus Aileen Ribeiro
Professor Emeritus David Bindman

Graham Beal
Healdsburg CA
Olivier Meslay
Clark Art Institute, Williamstown MA

Professor Linda Colley
Princeton University

Professor Christopher Brown

Dr Timothy Standring
Denver Art Museum

Professor Michael JK Walsh
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Professsor Paul Binski
University of Cambridge
Sir Charles Saumarez Smith
Professor Edward Chaney
Southampton Institute
Professor Emeritus Duncan Macmillan
Professor Tim Barringer
Yale University
Professor Pamela Gerrish Nunn
Christchurch, New Zealand
Sir Timothy Clifford

Dr Simon Thurley


Not less than 88pp editorial plus advertising, art gloss paper 130 gsm in black and white and colour; cover 300 gsm two-colour laminated gloss; perfect bound.

Staff and publication details

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

Advertising: David N Hodgson



Harvesting by John Nash (1893–1977), 1946. Lithograph poster. Private collection.
See review of ‘John Nash: The Landscape of Love and Solace’, on pp91–92

This issues Featured Article is Andrew Wilton‘s review of ‘Henry Scott Tuke’ at The Watts Gallery, on pp89-90



2 | ‘The Boucher of the Boy Scouts’ and the bubble reputation


3 | Martin Krause
Mrs Booth’s Turners

10Rodney Griffiths
Gawen Hamilton (c1697–1737) with a catalogue of his works

24 |Philip Ward-Jackson
Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804–1864) and British sculpture

34 |  Michael Burden
The making and marketing of the Georgian apotheosis
Carter, Strange, Rebecca, Tresham, and de Loutherbourg

42 | Robert LS Cowley
True or false
The haloes of William Hogarth (1697–1764)

48 | Edward Corp
More light on Prince James Stuart with Walter Strickland by Nicolas de Largillierre (1656–1746)

50 | William Hauptman
The Lichfield House Exhibition of 1851, Part II
Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s review

69 | David B Stacey
Philippe-Jacques de Loutherbourg RA (1740–1812)
‘A foreigner of extraordinary merit’

78 | Martin Ferguson Smith
The Royal Academy of Arts Students’ Clubs, 1883–1902


89 |  Andrew Wilton
‘Henry Scott Tuke’
Watts Gallery, Compton, 7 June–12 September 2021


96 | Alexander Adams
Eleanor Clayton, Ali Smith (foreword)
Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life


103 | Julian Freeman
Anthony Gross (1905–1984)


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