I am a historian of art and exhibition culture. My primary research interests cover the period 1800 to the present day, with a particular focus on art in Britain and its Empire in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Major themes include the relationship between art and religious, class, and regional identities; museum history and the formation of the modern art market; and the intersection of art and natural history.
I have published widely on artists and exhibition culture in Britain (c.1850-1950) and co-curated several exhibitions (most recently 'Reframing the Wild' at Wolverhampton Art Gallery). I have recently completed two book projects: an edited collection of essays on Edwardian culture ('Edwardian Culture: Beyond the Garden Party', Routledge, 2017) and a co-authored study of the cultural representation of zebras ('Zebra', Reaktion Books, 2018). I am currently writing a book on the life and work of the Anglo-Jewish artist, writer and teacher William Rothenstein (1872-1945).