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Dr. Colin Trodd is an experienced research supervisor and welcomes submissions relating to any of his many research interests.


I gained my MA  and PhD from the University of Sussex.

Most of my research covers three interrelated subjects. First, pictorial and critical experiments associated with Romantic and Victorian painting. Second, the cultural, critical and institutional contexts in which Romantic and Victorian artists attained classic status. Third the role played by Victorian and Edwardian public art institutions in the rise, triumph and fall of different models of British art. These threads coalesce in Visions of Blake:,William Blake in the Art World 1830-1930 (LUP, 2012, 560pps.), the first full-length examination of Blake's artistic afterlife.

I welcome PhD proposals relating to: William Blake and Visual Culture;  Romantic and Victorian Painting; Formations of Taste and the development of Public Art Collections; Aestheticism and the Arts and Crafts Movement; Victorian and Edwardian Design Theory; Victorian and Edwardian models of Art Education and Training; The Victorian State, Cultural Management and Public Art Galleries; The Grotesque and the Victorian Imagination.

Research interests


Key research themes include: Victorian painting and art criticism; models of public art and academic culture, 1770-1850; representations of William Blake in Victorian culture; the formation and development of public art institutions, 1820-1900; cultural management and the Victorian state; and  issues in design culture, 1850-1920. Most of these interdisciplinary concerns have been addressed in four co-edited four books:

Victorian Culture and the Idea of the Grotesque (Ashgate, 1999); Art and the Academy in the Nineteenth Century (Manchester University Press, 2000); Governing Cultures: Art Institutions in Victorian London (Ashgate, 2000) and Representations of G.F. Watts: Art Making in Victorian Culture (Ashgate, 2004).

Current research projects.

Visions of Blake: William Blake in the Art World 1830-1930  is published by Liverpool University Press in 2012. Future plans include editing a Special Edition of Visual Culture in Britain  on the subject of Ford Madox Brown and Pre-Raphaelitism.

Education/Academic qualification

Formations of Cultural Identity: Art Criticism and The National Gallery , University of Sussex

Award Date: 17 Jul 1992

Master of Arts, University of Sussex

Award Date: 31 Oct 1985

Bachelor of Arts, University of Sussex

30 Sept 198030 Jun 1983

Award Date: 15 Jul 1983

Areas of expertise

  • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
  • Romanticism
  • Pre-Raphaelitism
  • Arts and Crafts Movement
  • William Blake and Recovery Criticism
  • Victorian Art Institutions
  • Neo-Romanticism
  • Victorian History Painting


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