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.
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.
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
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
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
Thomas Gainsborough: The Portraits, Fancy Pictures and Copies after Old Masters