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Professor Will Vaughan



  • Professor Vaughan is Emeritus Professor of History of Art at Birkbeck College. From 1986 to 2003 he was Professor of History of Art in the School of History of Art, Film and Visual Media. Previously he had been an Assistant Keeper at the Tate (1968-72) and a Reader at University College London (1972-86).

Research interests

  • Professor Vaughan's research interests are: Artistic Communities in London in the Nineteenth Century; British Art and national identity; Aspects of Romantic Landscape. His main area of research interest is Romanticism, particularly the art of Britain and Germany in that era.
  • He is also interested in the professional practice of art in the modern world and has published on artistic communities and related topics.
  • He has a strong interest in Computer Applications in the History of Art and was Chair of CHArt (Computers and the History of Art) from its initiation in 1986 to 2003.


  • Caspar David Friedrich (Tate, 1972)
  • The Romantic Spirit in German Art (Hayward, 1996)
  • (with Martin Postle) The Artist.s Model in British Art from Etty to Spencer (English Heritage, 1999)
  • an exhibition on Samuel Palmer