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



A Philosopher Lecturing on the Orrery by Joseph Wright of Derby (1734–1797), 1766 (detail).
Oil on canvas, 147.3 x 203.2 cm.
Derby Museum and Art Gallery.
See review of Matthew Craske, Joseph Wright of Derby, Painter of Darkness, on p. 87 and this issues Featured Article



2 | The William MB Berger Prize 2020


3 | Ian Thomson
Refugee blues
The life of Maret Haugas (1934–2006) and the kindness of Carel Weight (1908–1997)

16 | Alexander S Gourlay & Robert LS Cowley
In the beginning
The trade card of William Hogarth (1697–1764), a first attempt at copper-plate engraving

28 | Bob Crowther
Josefina de Vasconcellos (1904–2005) Sculpting for peace and reconciliation

38 | Mathew Norman
Drawings of lions by Sir Edwin Landseer (1802–1873) and the Trafalgar Square monument

46 | Rodney Griffiths
The works of Arthur Devis (1712–1787) with a supplement to his catalogue

54 | Edward Corp
The recently discovered portrait of Prince Charles Edward Stuart by Rosalba Carriera (1673–1757)

60 | Hugh Brigstocke
The Revd Walter Stevenson Halliday (1794–1872)
Grand Tour Journal, France through Switzerland to Italy  1814–1816

66 |Geoffrey Munn
Richard Dadd (1817–1886) and Edmund Yates (1831–1894) New light on the painter and his press

71 | Daniel Hadden & Alistair Lexden
Solving a Mrs Thatcher mystery
A painting by Alfred Reginald Thomson RA (1894–1979)

74 | Hilary Maddicott
Sir Anthony Van Dyck (1599–1641, Margaret Lemon (c1614–1643) and Wenceslas Hollar (1607–1677)
The creation of a historical myth?

78 | Lyrica Taylor
A rediscovered altarpiece by John Francis Rigaud  (1742–1810)


87 | Jonathan Yarker
Matthew Craske
Joseph Wright of Derby: Painter of Darkness


92 | Robert Weinberg
‘Not Without My Ghosts: The Artist As Medium’
Drawing Room, London, 10 September–1 November 2020 
Millennium Gallery, Museums
Sheffield, 19 November 2020 –7 March 2021 
Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea, 20 March–13 June 2021 
Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, dates to be confirmed


95 | Stephen Conrad
Hugh Belsey
Thomas Gainsborough: The Portraits, Fancy Pictures and Copies after Old Masters