The Courtauld Institute of Art is delighted to announce that David Solkin has been elected a Fellow of the British Academy in recognition of his outstanding academic achievements.

He is one of 38 new Fellows from 23 institutions in the UK to receive this accolade. Being elected a Fellow of the British Academy is an enormous honour and acknowledges David's research qualities and standing. We heartily congratulate him and are proud to have him as our colleague.

One of the world's leading authorities on the history of British art, David Solkin taught for eight years at the University of British Columbia before joining The Courtauld in 1986, where he was promoted from Lecturer to Reader in 1993, and to Professor in 2002. In the previous year he had been visiting curator for the striking exhibition Art on the Line which recreated the Royal Academy's early 19th century picture hang in the magnificent Academy Great Room that is now part of The Courtauld Gallery. More recently David curated Turner and the Masters, the hugely successful exhibition which opened at Tate Britain in 2009, before going on to the Grand Palais in Paris and the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid.

David's major publications Richard Wilson: The Landscape of Reaction (Tate Gallery 1982); Painting for Money: The Visual Arts and the Public Sphere in Eighteenth-Century England (Yale University Press 1993); and Painting out of the Ordinary: Modernity and the Art of Everyday Life in Early Nineteenth-Century Britain (Yale University Press 2008) have all significantly changed our understanding of British art in the period. His next publication will be a major new survey of British art from c.1660 to 1832, for the Yale/Pelican History of Art series.

David became Dean of The Courtauld in 2007, and in 2010 succeeded John House as Walter H. Annenberg Professor of the History of Art.

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