BA (Hornsey College of Art) 1966, PhD (University of Reading) 1970

Contact details

The Courtauld Institute of Art

Somerset House


London WC2R 0RN


Geoff Reeve photo of D Hockney and D Boshier 1961-62
David Hockney and Derek Boshier at the Royal College of Art 1961-2, photograph by Geoff Reeve

Lisa Tickner studied fine art before switching to art history and completing a Ph D on the arts and crafts movement in 1970. She is Emeritus Professor of Art History at Middlesex University and joined The Courtauld as Visiting Professor in 2007. Her first book, The Spectacle of Women: imagery of the suffrage campaign 1907-1914 (1988) has become a classic. Her second, Modern Life & Modern Subjects: Britisn art in the early 20th century (2000), was short-listed for the first British Academy Book Prize. In addition to numerous articles in the academic press she is the author of two further books (on Rossetti, and on art education), and co-editor of four collections of essays on visual culture published 1993-6.

In 1996-7 she gave the Paul Mellon Lectures in British Art at the National Gallery, London, and at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut. She has lectured widely in Europe, Australia and the USA and held visiting fellowships at Northwestern University, the Yale Center for British Art, and the Sterling and Francine Clark Institute in Massachusetts. She has served on the Humanities Research Board (now the Arts and Humanities Research Council), the British National Committee of the Comité International d’Histoire de l’Art, the Advisory Council and Publications Committee of the Paul Mellon Centre, and is currently a member of the editorial advisory boards of Modernism/Modernity and Women: a Cultural Review, the steering committee of Tate’s ‘Art School Educated’ research project, and the Blue Plaques Panel of English Heritage.   Lisa Tickner was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2008, and has been a Trustee of the Art Fund since 2010.


  • The London art world in the 1960s
  • British art c1880-1980
  • Contemporary women artists

Courses Taught in 2010-11



In preparation: ‘”Export Britain”: Pop Art, Mass Culture and the Export Drive’, for a special issue of Art History, 2012, co-edited with Professor David Peters Corbett, based on the papers delivered at The Courtauld Research Forum conference ‘New Approaches to British Art, 1939-1969’, June 2010. 

Hornsey 1968 The Art School Revolution book cover

Dante Gabriel Rossetti book cover

The Spectacle of Women book cover

Modern Life and Modern Subjects book cover

Hornsey 1968: The Art School Revolution, London: Frances Lincoln, 2008

‘Walter Sickert and the Camden Town Murder’ in Walter Sickert: The Camden Town Nudes, exh. cat., London: Courtauld Gallery with Paul Holberton Publishing, 2007, pp. 45-55

The Kasmin Gallery, 1963-1972’, Oxford Art Journal, vol. 30 no. 2, 2007, pp. 233-268

‘Mediating Generation: The Mother-Daughter Plot’ in Women Artists at the Millenium, eds. Carol Armstrong and Catherine de Zehger, Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2006

‘”Augustus’s Sister”: Gwen John: Wholeness, Harmony and Radiance’ in Gwen and Augustus John, exh. cat., London: Tate Britain, 2004, pp. 28-45

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, London: Tate Publishing, 2003

‘A Strange Alchemy: Cornelia Parker’, Art History, vol. 26 no. 3, 2003, pp. 28-45 (also in Difference and Excess in Contemporary Art, ed. Gill Perry, Oxford: Blackwell, 2003)

Messing About in Boats: E. J. Gregory’s Boulter’s Lock (R.A. 1897)’, Oxford Art Journal, vol. 25 no. 2, pp. 1-28

‘English Modernism in the Cultural Field’ in Modernities and Identities in English Art, 1860-1914, eds. David Peters Corbett and Lara Perry, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2000

Modern Life & Modern Subjects: British Art in the Early 20th Century, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2000

‘Olympias Töchter’ [Olympia’s daughter], Texte zur Kunst n. 34, June 1999, pp. 86-101

‘The Popular Culture of Kermesse’, Modernism/Modernity vol. 4 no. 2, 1997, pp. 67-120

‘Men’s Work: Masculinity and Modernism 1905-1915’, Visual Culture: Images and Interpretations, eds. Norman Bryson et al, Hanover, N.H.: Weslyan University Press, 1994, pp. 42-82

The Spectacle of Women: imagery of the suffrage campaign, 1907-1914, London: Chatto & Windus/Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1988

‘Feminism, Art History and Sexual Difference’, Genders, no. 3, 1988, pp. 92-128 (transl. in Kritische Berichte vol. 18 no. 2, 1990)

‘Nancy Spero and “la peinture feminine”’, in Nancy Spero, exh. cat., London: ICA, 1997



Art world; suffrage; 1960s; modernism; feminism; gender; London