Contact details

The Courtauld Gallery

Somerset House





Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 1640

Fax: +44 (0)20 7848 2589


Rachel Sloan was educated in the United States and England, earning a BA in English literature and history of art from Washington University in St Louis and an MA and PhD from The Courtauld Institute of Art, on Symbolism and artistic exchange between France and Britain in the late nineteenth century.

She subsequently served as graduate intern in the Drawings Department of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles (2009-2010) and as curatorial research fellow at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (2010-2011). Rachel joined The Courtauld as Assistant Curator of Works on Paper in 2012.


Exhibitions curated:


Images of the Artist (co-curator with Edouard Kopp), Los Angeles, The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2011-2012

Echoes of Japan: The Prints of Henri Rivière (1864-1951), Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 2011

Drawn to Modernism: Selected Gifts from Wright S. Ludington, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 2011


Current research interests:


  • Symbolism in France, Britain and Belgium
  • Nineteenth century French and British prints and drawings
  • The Nabis
  • The Rococo and its afterlife
  • Romanticism in England and Germany
  • Italian Mannerism and the School of Fontainebleau


Selected Publications


'Word into image: Maurice Denis, "Les amours de Marthe" and Amour', Word and Image (forthcoming 2013)

''The archaeology of dreams: Fernand Khnopff, Henri Cros and the mask' in: C. O'Mahony (ed.) Symbolist objects: materiality and subjectivity at the fin de siecle (2009)

'The condition of music: Wagnerism and printmaking in France and Britain', Art History (2009)