British Art Studies, Issue 1:
Autumn 2015

Publicaton Date
November 2015
Standard Number
Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and Yale Center for British Art

British Art Studies is an open access, peer-reviewed digital journal published jointly by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London, and the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven. The journal provides an innovative space for new research and scholarship of the highest quality on all aspects of British art, architecture, and visual culture in their most diverse and international contexts.

British Art Studies is one of the few completely open access journals in the field of art history, providing a platform for digital publishing as well as a forum for debate about the digital humanities and fair use.




“A beautiful assemblage of an interesting nature” : Gainsborough’s Charity Relieving Distress and the Reconciliation of High and Low Art, by Georgina Cole

Painting that Grows Back: Futures Past and the Ur-feminist Art of Magda Cordell McHale, 1955–1961, by Giulia Smith

Arts and Crafts Painting: The Political Agency of Things, by Morna O'Neill

Pregnant Wit: ingegno in Renaissance England, by Alexander Marr

Varieties of Photographic Experience: Frederick H. Evans and the Lantern Slide, by Kara Fiedorek

Abstraction’s Ecologies: Post-Industrialization, Waste and the Commodity Form in Prunella Clough’s Paintings of the 1980s and 1990s, by Catherine Spencer 


“There's No Such Thing as British Art”, a Conversation Piece coordinated by Richard Johns

Haptic Blackness: The Double Life of an 18th-century Bust, a One Object piece by Cyra Levenson, Chi-ming Yang, and Ken Gonzales-Day

Deakin: Double Exposures, a Look First feature by Paul Rousseau and James Boaden, with films by Jonathan Law