Dr Samuel Shaw

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Teaching Fellow in Nineteenth-Century ArtDr Samuel Shaw

Department: History of Art

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2774

Email: ss1166@leicester.ac.uk

Office: Room 1711, Attenborough Tower

Personal details


I am a historian of art and exhibition culture. My primary research interests cover the period 1800 to the present day, with a particular focus on art in Britain and its Empire in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Major themes include the relationship between art and religious, class, and regional identities; museum history and the formation of the modern art market; and the intersection of art and natural history. Before coming to Leicester I taught in History of Art Departments at the Universities of Birmingham, Sussex, York and Warwick. From 2013-2016 I held a three-year postdoctoral position at the Yale Center for British Art. I teach on a wide range of subjects, with a particular focus on art in Europe during the nineteenth and early twentieth-centuries.


  • BA, History of Art, Courtauld Institute, University of London
  • MRes, History of Art, University of York
  • PhD, History of Art, University of York



  • Zebra (co-written with Christopher Plumb, Reaktion Books, 2018)
  • Edwardian Culture: Beyond the Garden Party (co-edited, Routledge, 2018)
  • From Bradford to Benares: The Art of Sir William Rothenstein (Bradford Museums and Galleries, 2015)

Journal articles and book chapters

  • ‘Exhibitions and the Market for Modern British Art: Independent Art of Today at Agnew’s Gallery, 1906’, Art History (forthcoming; co-authored with Barbara Pezzini)
  • ‘George Stubbs, Zebra, 1763’, Britain in the World: Highlights from the Yale Center for British Art (Yale, 2019)
  • ‘Weighing down the Landscape: the quarry as a site of rural modernity’, Rural Modernity: A Critical Intervention (EUP, October 2018)
  • ‘Characters in Search of an Author’: Single Figure Studies in the Pritzker Collection’, Modernism and Memory: Rhoda Pritzker and the Art of Collecting (Yale University Press, 2016)
  • ‘“The ideal behind the real”: William Rothenstein, Alfred Wolmark and the representation of the Whitechapel Jew c. 1905’, William Rothenstein and his circle (Ben Uri Gallery, London, 2016)
  • ‘Scarcely a scholar: William Rothenstein and the artist as art-writer in English periodicals, c.1890-1910’, Visual Resources (2015)
  • ‘Vorticist in embryo?: William Rothenstein and Wyndham Lewis’, Journal of the Wyndham Lewis Society (2013)
  • ‘British Artists and Balzac at the turn of the Twentieth Century’, English Literature in Transition 1880-1920, Vol 56, No.4 (2013)
  • ‘“The new ideal shop”: Founding the Carfax Gallery, c.1898-1902’, The British Art Journal, Vol XIII, No.2 (2012)

Web projects


I have published widely on artists and exhibition culture in Britain (c.1850-1950) and co-curated exhibitions in both the UK and the US. Current research interests include: the art market and art criticism in London c.1890-1920; human-animal relationships and British culture (especially in relation to the British Empire); and the life and work of the Anglo-Jewish artist and teacher William Rothenstein (1872-1945). I have just completed two book projects: an edited collection of essays on Edwardian culture (Edwardian Culture: Beyond the Garden Party, Routledge, 2017) and a co-authored study of the cultural representation of zebras (Zebra, Reaktion Books, 2018). Since 2012 I have been co-director of the Edwardian Culture Network.


I teach on the following courses:

  • HA1112/1312 Introduction to the History of Art I
  • HA1320 Words and Pictures
  • HA2435 Revivalism and Heritage
  • HA3029 Art and Design in Europe, 1890-1914
  • HA3022 Art and the Natural Environment
  • HA1313/1113 Introduction to the History of Art II
  • HA2222 Independent Research Essay
  • HA1115/HA1315 Film and Art
  • HA3439 Film and At Journalism

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