Current position

Professor, Art History and Visual Culture, tenured since 2003
Co-ordinator, Visual Culture Program

Education

Doctorate in the History of Art, 
University College, London
Dissertation: “Eighteenth-Century British Monuments and the Politics of Empire”
Supervisor: Professor David Bindman
PhD awarded September 1993

Master of Arts, Art History
Queen’s University, Canada
Thesis: “Design and Patronage: The Architecture of the Niagara Parks, 1935-1941”
Degree awarded in 1989

Bachelor of Arts, Art History Specialization 
University of Toronto
Honours degree with distinction awarded 1987

Employment history

2003-2015 Associate Professor of Art History, tenured
Department of Fine Arts, University of Waterloo
2011-2015 Department Chair
Department of Fine Arts, University of Waterloo
1998-2003 Assistant Professor of Art History, tenure-track,
Department of Fine Arts, University of Waterloo
1996-1998 Assistant Professor of Art History, two one-year contracts,
Department of Fine Arts, University of Waterloo
1994-1996 Sessional Instructor,
Department of History in Art, University of Victoria, British Columbia
1996 Sessional Instructor,
Department of Fine Arts, University of British Columbia
1991-1993 Instructor,
Centre for Extramural Studies, Birkbeck College, University of London

Current research

Memory and Identity: Public Art in Canada, 1910-1939. Research toward a book manuscript.

Joseph Wilton: Chronology and Comprehensive List of Works. For a publication such as the Journal of the Walpole Society.

Publications

Books

Then and Now: Collecting and Classicism in Eighteenth-century England. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2015, 340 pages.

Persuasion and Propaganda: Monuments and the Eighteenth-century British Empire. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2006, 496 pages.

Refereed articles and essays

“Sculpture and the Forming of National Tastes in the Middle of the Eighteenth Century.” In The “British” School of Sculpture, c.1762-1835. Sarah Burnage and Jason Edwards, eds. Farnham: Ashgate Press, 2017. 34-53.
“Re-inscribing a Monument: Vimy in the Canadian Consciousness.” Études canadiennes / Canadian Studies (Association françaises d’études canadiennes), in-press, 2016. 8,000 words.
“On Being There: The Significance of Place and the Grand Tour for Britons in the Eighteenth Century.” In Agents of Space: Eighteenth-Century Art, Architecture and Visual Culture. Christina Smylitopoulos, ed. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2016, pp. 20-42.
“Collecting a Canon: the Earl of Northumberland at Northumberland House and Syon.” Burning Bright: Essays in Honour of David Bindman. London: University College London Press, 2015, pp. 55-65.
“Setting the Empire in Stone: Commemorating Wolfe at Stowe.” In The Culture of the Seven Years’ War: Empire, Identity and the Arts in the Eighteenth-century Atlantic World. Frans de Bruyn and Shaun Regan, eds. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014, pp. 259-83.
“Taste and the Ideal: Constructing National Memory in mid-eighteenth-century England.” The Challenge of the Object. Proceedings from the 33rd Congress of the International Committee of the History of Art, 2012. Nürnberg: Germanisches National Museum, 2013, pp. 1105-9.
Co-authored with John McAleer (50%). “‘The Immortal Wolfe’? Monuments, memory and the Battle of Quebec.” In 1759 Remembered. Philip Buckner and John Reid, eds. University of Toronto Press, 2012, pp. 29-57.
“A Drive Through Canadian History: People, Cars and Public Art at Niagara Falls in the 1930s.” In Public Art in Canada. Annie Gérin & Jim MacLean, eds. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010, pp. 45-64.
“Legitimating the Empire: the Monument to General Wolfe in Westminster Abbey.” In Conflicting Visions. Geoffrey Quilley & John Bonehill, eds. London: Ashgate Press, 2005, pp. 61-84.
“Joseph Wilton.” Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004, 1500 words.
“Vehicles of Nationalism: Defining Canada in the 1930s.” The Journal of Canadian Studies 37:1 (Spring 2002): 180-203.
“‘A Very Grand and Seigneurial Design’: The Duke of Richmond’s Academy in Whitehall.” British Art Journal I (Spring, 2000): 47-54.
“The Rodney Monument in Jamaica and an Empire Coming of Age.” Sculpture Journal II (London, 1998): 46-57.
“Carving Histories: British Monuments in the West Indies.” Journal of the Church Monuments Society (Britain, 1998): 77-85.
“Stowe--A Whig Training Ground.” New Arcadian Journal (Leeds, 1997): 66-78.
“William Chambers and Joseph Wilton.” In William Chambers, Architect to George III. John Harris and Michael Snodin, eds. London and New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996, pp. 175-185.
“Philanthropy and Propaganda: Wilton’s Bust of George III in Montreal.” RACAR, XIX (1992, published 1994): 59-67.

Book reviews

Review of Heather McPherson, Art and Celebrity in the Age of Reynolds and Siddons (University Park, PA: The Pennsylvania State University, 2017) in the Journal of British Studies 56:4 (2017): 874-75.
Review of Douglas Fordham, British Art and the Seven Years’ War (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010) in the Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies 35 (2012): 445-446.
Review of Gavin Stamp, The Memorial to the Missing of the Somme (London: Profile Books, 2007) in the Journal for the Study of Architecture in Canada 33 (2008): 65-67, (peer-reviewed). 1400 words.
Review of Julius Bryant, Thomas Banks 1735-1805, Britain’s First Modern Sculptor (London: Sir John Soane’s Museum, 2005) in the Burlington Magazine CXLVII (2005): 833. 750 words.
Review of Holger Hoock, The King’s Artists The Royal Academy and the Politics of British Culture (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2003), Journal of British Studies 44:2 (2005): 376-8. 1000 words.

Conference papers

“Time and the Sublime: Edmund Burke and Historical Distance.” Universities Art Association of Canada, Montreal. October 2017.
“The Future of the Past: Copies of Antique Statues at Wentworth Woodhouse.” Conference: Art and the British Country House: Collecting and Display.” The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London. 7 October 2016.
“Tucked away in the Archives and the Bush: The City Beautiful and the Garden City in Canada.” Universities Art Association of Canada, Montreal. October 2016.
“Collecting the Canon: the Earl of Northumberland at Northumberland House and Syon.” Universities Art Association of Canada (Historians of Eighteenth-century Art and Architecture Session), 2014.
“Re-inscribing a Monument: Vimy in the Canadian Consciousness.” War Memories: Commemoration, Re-enactment, Writing of War in the English-speaking World (18th to the 21st Centuries). International Conference, European University of Brittany and the Royal Military College of Canada, Rennes 2, June 2014.
“Tourist Trap at Niagara Falls: Where to Look?” Landscape, Nature, and Memory: Tourism History in Canada. Organized by Jack Little, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, October, 2014 & MANECCS Conference, Niagara Falls, September, 2014.
“Nostalgia and Memory: Imagining Rome in the Middle of the Eighteenth-century.” Universities Art Association of Canada, 2013.
“Pragmatism: Building Model Towns in Canada’s mid-North.” Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada, 2013.
“Building Utopias in the Bush: The Company Town and Corporate Paternalism in Canada’s Mid-north, 1900-1939.” Universities Art Association of Canada, 2012.
“Taste and the Ideal: Constructing National Memory in mid-eighteenth-century England.” 33rd Comité International d’histoire de l’Art Conference, Nuremberg, July 2012.
“Time, Space and Restitution: collecting sculpture in mid-eighteenth-century Britain.” Universities Art Association of Canada, Ottawa, 2011.
“If You go out in the Woods Today….” Universities Art Association of Canada, Guelph, 2010.
“Whig Ideology and the forming of National Taste.” Conference: “’The British School of Sculpture’: Rethinking Sculptural Practice c1650-c1830.” University of York in collaboration with the Henry Moore Institute, York, U.K., 2009.
“Constructing Memories: Monuments to James Wolfe at the centre of the British Empire.” Conference: ‘1759 Revisited: The Conquest of Canada in Historical Perspective.’ Institute of Commonwealth Studies, London, U.K., 2009.
“Constructing a Memory: The Monument to James Wolfe in Westminster Abbey.” Conference: ‘1759: Des Empires qui se font et se défont / Making And Unmaking Empires.’ Canadian Society for Eighteenth-century Studies Conference, Ottawa, 2009.
“An ‘Old Whig’: the second Marquis of Rockingham and his sculpture collection.” Canadian
Society for Eighteenth-century Studies Conference, Montreal, October 2008 and Universities Art Association of Canada Conference, Toronto, November 2008.
“Originals, copies, casts, whatever can be had: acquiring ‘master works’ in mid-18th-century Britain.” Universities Art Association of Canada Conference, Halifax, 2006.
“William Lock, the shadowy connoisseur.” Universities Art Association of Canada Conference.” Victoria, 2005.
“Epicurus and Pythagoras are in the Library and Cromwell and Peter the Great are in the Hall: The Persistence of Epicureanism in 18th-century England.” Association of Art Historians, Bristol, 2005.
“Reshaping the Land and Its History.” Congrès du Comité d’histoire de l’art, Montreal, 2004.
“Inviting the Neighbours: Touring Southern Ontario in the 1930s.” Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada, Kingston, 2004.
“Dealing in Stone: The Sculpture Trade in London at Mid-century.” Universities Art Association of Canada, Kingston, 2003.
“Idiosyncratic Englishness: An Oxymoron?” Universities Art Association of Canada, Calgary, 2002.
“Fame and Fortunes: Funeral Monuments and the Definition of Self in the British West Indies”. Art and the British Empire Conference, Tate Britain, London, 2001.
“Patriotic Politicking? Public Monuments in the Atlantic Colonies in the Eighteenth Century.” Comité International d’histoire de l’art, London, 2000.
“A Noble Youthful Death: the Monument to Major General James Wolfe in Westminster Abbey.” Association of Art Historians, Edinburgh, 2000.
“Authenticating the New British Empire: The Monument to Wolfe in Westminster Abbey.”
Conflicting Visions: The Culture of War in Europe, c. 1660-1815, Leicester, 2000.
“Warts and All: The Roman-Style Portrait Bust in Mid-Eighteenth-Century England.” Universities Art Association of Canada, Toronto, 1999.
“Apollos of a New Generation: Collecting Antiquities in Eighteenth-century Britain.” Association of Art Historians Conference, Southampton & Winchester, 1999.
“Collecting the Laocoön in Eighteenth-Century England.” Universities Art Association of Canada, London (Ontario), 1998.
“Aesthetic Concerns? The English and the Laocoön in the Second half of the Eighteenth Century.”
Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 1998.
“Planting the Garden: The Cenotaphs at Stowe.” Canadian Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies, London (Ontario), 1997 & the Universities Art Association of Canada, Vancouver, 1997.
“A King and his People: George III and the Royal State Coach.” Universities Art Association of Canada, 1996.
“Bound by Identity: Canadian Art at the Wembley Empire Exhibition, 1924.” Universities Art Association of Canada Conference, Guelph, November, 1995.
“Re-creating Canadian History.” British Association of Canadian Studies Conference, Hull, England, 1995.
“Apollos of a New Generation: The Duke of Richmond’s Gallery in Whitehall.” Universities Art Association of Canada Conference, Halifax, 1994.
“The Stuff of Heroes? The Monument to James Wolfe in Westminster Abbey.” The Northwest Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Vancouver, 1994.
“Philanthropy, Propaganda and Empire: The Bust of George III in Montreal.” Universities Art Associations of Canada Conference, Victoria, 1992 and the Association of Art Historians Conference, London, 1993.
“Empire Building: Eighteenth-Century British Funeral Monuments in the West Indies.” Association of Art Historians Conference, Leeds, 1992.
“Public Sculpture in the British Colonies: The Viewers’ Response.” Association of Art Historians Conference, London, 1991.
“Design and Patronage: The Architecture of the Niagara Parks, 1935-1941.” The Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada Conference, Montreal, 1989.

Public lectures and interviews

“Re-inscribing Vimy.” Canada-150 - lecture/symposium. Waterloo Public Library, 2017.
“Communism/Mother Canada monuments gone?” Radio interview with CBC’s As it Happens (Carol Off). 4 December 2015.
“Cape Breton’s ‘Mother Canada,’ and when monuments go wrong.” Radio interview with CBC’s The 180 (Jim Brown). 18 June 2015.
“The Nude in Western Culture.” The Museum, Kitchener, 2015.
“Public Art in Canada, 1918-1939: Forming an Identity.” Museum London, Public Art Symposium, 2012.
“Landscapes and Tourism: Defining Canada in the 1930s.” Waterloo Stratford Campus, 2011.
“Niagara in the 1930s – A Drive Through History.” Willowbank School of Restoration Arts Queenston, 2010.
“Monuments and Memory.” Outdoor Art Symposium, Kitchener, Ontario, 2005 and Gallery Stratford, 2005.
“Gothic Art and Architecture in Toronto.” St. Michael’s Cathedral, Toronto, 2003.
“Canada Within the British Empire: The Monuments.” University of Victoria, History in Art Department, October 2001.
“The Duke of Richmond’s Academy in Whitehall.” Work-in-progress Series, Sir John Soane Museum, June, 1999.
“A Drive Through History: Canadian Spaces at Niagara.” Centre for Canadian Studies, University of Toronto, 1995.
“Stowe, A Whig Training Ground.” Keynote address at a symposium sponsored by the Public
Monuments and Sculpture Association (London) at Stowe, Buckinghamshire, 1995. Financial support for my participation provided by the Henry Moore Foundation.
“Neo-Classicism and the British Empire.” University of Bristol, 1993.
“Twentieth-century Canadian Architecture.” University of the South Bank, London, 1992.
“Canadian Nationalism in Architecture, Landscape Design and Sculpture.” South Bank Polytechnic, London, 1991.

Exhibitions

Guest Curator, The Design Process of Leon Krier’s Laurentine Villa Project. Kingston, Canada: Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 5 October - 24 November, 1991. Opened by H.R.H. Prince Charles.

Grants and awards

2017 University of Waterloo-SSHRC Research Incentive Fund Award.
2016 University of Waterloo, Outstanding Performance Award.
2015 University of Waterloo, Faculty of Arts, Outstanding Service Award.
2015 University of Waterloo Internal SSHRC Grant for Memory and Identity: Public Art in Canada, 1910-39.
2014 Henry Moore Foundation, Publications Assistance Grant for Then and Now: Collecting and Classicism in Eighteenth-century England. In conjunction with McGill-Queen’s University Press.
2014 University of Waterloo/SSHRC Conference Travel Grant to present paper at War Memories, Rennes, France.
2014 Publications Assistance Grant from the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Canada, for Then and Now: Collecting and Classicism in Eighteenth-century England.
2014 University of Waterloo Robert Harding Grant for publication assistance for Then and Now: Collecting and Classicism in Eighteenth-century England.
2013 University of Waterloo/SSHRC Conference Travel Grant to present paper at the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada.
2012 University of Waterloo/SSHRC Conference Travel Grant to present paper at the Comité International d’histoire de l’Art Conference, Nuremberg.
2010 University of Waterloo 4A Grant in recognition of 4A status of Social Sciences Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Standard Research Grant application.
2010 University of Waterloo, Outstanding Performance Award.
2009 University of Waterloo/SSHRC Conference Travel Grant, ‘1759 Revisited: The Conquest of Canada in Historical Perspective.’ London, U.K.
2008 University of Waterloo/SSHRC Seed Grant for “Memory and the Anglo-Canadian Mind, 1910-1939.”
2008 Persuasion and Propaganda: Monuments and the Eighteenth-century British Empire, on the ‘long short list’ for the William MB Berger Prize for British Art History, 2007.
2006 The anthology Conflicting Visions (London: Ashgate Press, 2005) edited by Geoff Quilley & John Bonehill was short-listed for the William MB Berger Prize for British Art History, 2006.
2005 University of Waterloo, Outstanding Performance Award.
2004 Paul Mellon Centre, Publications Assistance Grant for Persuasion and Propaganda:Monuments and the Eighteenth-century British Empire.
2004 UW – Graduate Studies and Research Publication Assistance for Persuasion and Propaganda: Monuments and the Eighteenth-century British Empire.
2003  SSHRC Standard Research Grant for “The Political Use of the Antique.”
2002 Lewis Walpole one-month Visiting Fellowship (Yale University), Farmington, Connecticut.
2002  University of Waterloo/SSHRC one-time 4A grant.
2001 Eleanor M. Garvey one-month Visiting Fellow in Printing and Graphic Arts at the Houghton Library, Harvard University.
2001 University of Waterloo/SSHRC Conference Travel Grant, Art and the British Empire, Tate Gallery, London.
2000 University of Waterloo/SSHRC Small Grant for Research.
2000 University of Waterloo/SSHRC Conference Travel Grant, Conflicting Visions, University of Leicester.
1999 Internal University of Waterloo Award, Research Assistant Grant, to fund research in Vienna.
1999 SSHRC Internal University Award, Young Scholars Initiative to fund a research trip to England.
1998 University of Waterloo/SSHRC Conference Travel Grant, Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Edmonton, Alberta.
1998 Visiting Fellow, British Art Center, Yale University.
1993 SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship (two-years) at the University of Victoria, British Columbia.
1994 Henry E. Huntington Library one-month fellowship, San Marino, California.
1992 Henry E. Huntington Library one-month fellowship.
1992 Central Research Fund Award, University of London.
1991 Commonwealth Doctoral Scholarship.
1991 SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship.
1989 Ontario Graduate Scholarship.
1987 Queen’s Departmental Award, Department of Art, Queen’s University.
1983 Phellan Scholarship, University of St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto.