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



Cover Cockerel, 2003. by Paul Rudall. Charcoal on paper. Private collection, London

See ‘Paul Rudall (1921–2012) and Modern British art in the mid-20th century’ on pp44–53

This months featured article is Harold Acton Part IIA child at La Pietra by David Platzer on pp 74-82



2 | The Berger Prize: Long list


3 | Anne Casement
The life and work of the Victorian society painter James Godsell Middleton (1805/?2–1874)

16 | Emily Learmont
Una and the Lion by William Bell Scott (1811–90)

Poetry and patriotism

26 | John Lucey
Confusion and correction
The life and works of JS Alpenny né Halfpenny (1786–1858)

34 | Patricia R Andrew
‘A coarse kind of man, but ready in practise, – too ready’
John Rathbone (c1750-1807), the ‘Manchester Wilson’, and his circle

44 | Paula J Rudall
A Corsham flavour
Paul Rudall (1921–2012) and Modern British art in the mid-20th century

54 | Amandine Victoria Didouan
Déjà-vu at Welbeck and Wimpole
Rediscovering an Englishman’s 17th-century manège horses and grooms

65 | Lyrica Taylor
Climbing the Royal Academy ladder
The portraits of artists by JF Rigaud (1742–1810) as ‘a mark of friendship

74 | David Platzer
Harold Acton Part II
A child at La Pietra


83 | Thomas Tuohy
Adriano Aymonino
Enlightened Eclecticism. The Grand Designs of the 1st Duke and Duchess of Northumberland


92 |  Jeremy Bell  William Hogarth’s Copycats
92 |  David Stacey Art and Industry: Seven Artists in search of an Industrial Revolution in Britain


93 | Nicola Moorby
‘Walter Sickert’
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