The Director of Studies oversees all aspects of the Centre's activities, ensuring that it supports the most original, rigorous and stimulating research into the history of British art and architecture, and fosters collaboration with our sister-institution, the Yale Center for British Art. 

Prior to taking up his position at the Centre in 2012, Mark worked in the History of Art department at the University of York. Appointed as lecturer in 1994, he became a Professor in 2006 and was Head of Department between 2007 and 2012, during which time the department experienced a major phase of growth and fostered partnerships with Tate Britain, the National Gallery and the V&A Museum. Mark has been the recipient of a Leverhulme Research Fellowship and a Mellon Senior Fellowship, and served on the Paul Mellon Centre's Advisory Council between 2008 and 2012. He has been a Visiting Scholar at Pembroke College, Cambridge (2013-14) and is currently a Visiting Professor at the Courtauld Institute of Art.

His scholarly research has focused on British art between 1650 and 1850. The books he has written and edited include The Spectacle of Difference: Graphic Satire in the Age of Hogarth (Yale University Press, 1999); Hogarth (Phaidon Press, 2000); Eighteenth Century York: Culture, Space and Society (edited with Jane Rendall, Borthwick Institute, 2003); Faces in a Library: Sir Joshua Reynolds's 'Streatham Worthies', (The Watson Gordon Lecture 2011, National Galleries of Scotland, 2012); Living with the Royal Academy: Artistic ideals and Experiences in England, 1769-1848 (edited with Sarah Monks and John Barrell Ashgate, 2013); Reynolds: Portraiture in Action (Yale University Press, 2014); and Court, Country, City: British Art and Architecture, 1660-1735 (edited with Nigel Llewellyn and Martin Myrone, Yale University Press, 2016).

Mark has also been involved in curating a number of exhibitions. He co-curated the 2007 Tate Britain exhibition Hogarth and co-authored the accompanying catalogue with Christine Riding; he co-curated the 2011 York Art Gallery exhibition William Etty: Art and Controversy and co-edited the accompanying catalogue with Sarah Burnage and Laura Turner; and he co-curated the 2015 Wallace Collection exhibition Joshua Reynolds: Experiments in Paint and co-edited the accompanying catalogue with Lucy Davis. With his colleague Sarah Turner, he is to co-curate a forthcoming Royal Academy display tracing the history of the Academy’s annual Summer Exhibition.

Mark holds a PhD and MA in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, and a BA in History from the University of Cambridge. During his doctoral studies Mark was the recipient of an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship at Yale University (1990-91).