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Lisa Tickner

Honorary Professor (Visiting Professor 2007-14)

Lisa Tickner studied fine art before switching to art history and completing a PhD 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: British 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. Her new book, London’s New Scene: art and culture in the 1960s, will be published by Yale University Press in 2020.

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 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.

Research interests

  • The London art world in the 1960s
  • British modernism early (1900-1915) and late (1950-1970)
  • Contemporary women’s art

Recent publications

  • ‘Antonioni’s Blow-Up: photography and film’, in eds. Malcolm Baker and Andrew Hemingway, Art as Worldmaking: Critical Essays on Realism and Naturalism, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2018
  • ‘Playing it by ear: Kasmin in the 1960s’, Voices of Art website, British Library,, 2018
  • Pop Goes the Easel: Derek Boshier in 1962′ in Paul Gorman ed. Derek Boshier: Rethink/Re-Entry, London: Thames & Hudson, 2015
  • British Art in the Cultural Field, 1939-1969, co-edited with David Peters Corbett, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012 (first published as a special issue of Art History vol. 35 no. 2). Includes ‘”Export Britain”‘: Pop Art, Mass Culture and the Export Drive’.
  • ‘Celebrating women in the humanities and social sciences: Virginia Woolf and Nancy Spero’, British Academy Review, 20, Summer 2012, pp. 28-31
  • ‘Bohemianism and the Cultural Field: Trilby and Tarr’, Art History, vol. 34 no. 5 2011, pp. 978-1011
  • 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

Other current/ongoing professional activities

  • Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow in 2016-18
  • Trustee, the Art Fund 2010-20
  • English Heritage, Blue Plaques Panel 2007-15
  • Fellow of the British Academy (2008-) in  Art History and Music, and Culture, Media and Performance
  • Paul Mellon Centre Publications Committee, 2012-
  • Editorial Board, The Journal of Wyndham Lewis Studies, 2010-
  • International Advisory Board, Women: A Cultural Review, 1990-

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