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Fitz Henry Lane Gloucester Harbor, 1856 Oil on canvas Image: 22 3/8 x 36 1/16 in. (56.8 x 91.6 cm) Frame: 27 3/8 x 41 9/16 in. (69.5 x 105.6 cm) Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection 1993.21
Fitz Henry Lane, Gloucester Harbor, 1856. Oil on canvas
Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection,  1993.21

The Centre for American Art at The Courtauld was established in September 2016 with the help of a generous grant from the Terra Foundation of American Art. The Centre exists to support and develop research in the field of American art of all periods, from the earliest moment to the present day, and in its international, transnational and global contexts.

The Centre for American Art will organise major international conferences, host regular seminar series of visiting speakers, welcome Visiting Professors, support PhD students research-related travel to the US, and develop and run major research projects in the field. It will provide an intellectual home and focus for The Courtauld’s PhD and MA students in the American art. The Centre will seek to develop relationships with European and UK partners and will act as a focus to extend existing international collaborations with historians of American art in North America and Europe. We have initiated a partnership with the University of Delaware that will lead to exchanges of graduate students and faculty and the development of joint research projects and events.

Centre for American Art Events in The Sackler Research Forum

Call for Papers – Conference: British Art and the Global (17-18 September 2018, University of California, Berkeley). CFP deadline – 15 April 2018. 

Conference: Passing: Fashion in American Cities (Saturday 5 May 2018). 

Conference: Experience and American Art (Friday 23 Saturday 24 March 2018). 

Symposium: CHASING AMERICA: The CHASE Doctoral School in American Art and Text (Saturday 9 December 2017) Follow the link to see the schedule for the day.

Conference: Writing Impressionism Into and Out of Art History, 1874 to Today (Friday 3 – Saturday 4 November 2017).

Conference: ‘A fearful sense’: Ruskin’s pathetic fallacy and the non-human world (Thursday 22 – Friday 23 June 2017), Rothermere American Institute, Oxford and The Courtauld Institute of Art.


Monday 16 October: Professor David Peters Corbett  (The Courtauld Institute of Art) George Caleb Bingham’s River Paintings: Facingness and the Aesthetic

Monday 20 November: Professor Jody Patterson (Plymouth University) From the Easel to the Wall (and back again): Large-Scale American Painting at Mid-Century

Monday 4 December: Professor Celeste-Marie Bernier (University of Edinburgh) Imaging Slavery and Imagining Freedom in the African Atlantic Diaspora

Monday 29 January: Professor Darby English (University of Chicago) The King’s Two Bodies

Monday 19 March: Professor Jon Bird (Middlesex University) Leon Golub and Cy Twombly’s Vietnam: Towards an Aesthetics of Violence

Monday 30 April: Dr Miguel de Baca (University of Oxford) Reddish-Orangish Purple Blue Black: Anne Truitt and Color




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