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. 

In the circumstances, we are not accepting any new subscriptions


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




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