Robert Brough, 'Fantaisie en Folie' 1897
Robert Brough
Fantaisie en Folie 1897
Oil on canvas
support: 1022 x 1257 mm
Bequeathed by the artist 1905

The Tate Research Centre: Victorian and Edwardian Art aims to promote research on British art from 1840 to 1915. It builds on Tate’s history of collecting works of this period, from the gallery’s founding in 1897 to the present day, and its presentation of such exhibitions as John Singer Sargent (1998) to the Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde 2012. The Centre offers a programme aimed at encouraging research on the paintings, sculptures and works on paper of this era in national and international contexts. The focus is on the visual arts but it seeks to stimulate debate and exchange across a number of subject areas and disciplines. 

Convened by Tate curators Dr Alison Smith, Dr Carol Jacobi and Dr Caroline Corbeau-Parsons, the Centre hosts seminars, public events and conferences alone or in collaboration with university departments, scholarly societies and individual researchers. It aims to provide internships, placements and post-graduate projects. It welcomes proposals for new ventures and events related to Victorian and Edwardian Art.


  • Victorian Sentimentality, scholars morning, June 2012
  • Pre-Raphaelites, scholars morning, September 2012
  • Victorian Photography, scholars morning, November 2012
  • Forgotten Faces, scholars morning, May 2014
  • ‘Poor Man’s Picture Gallery’: Art and Stereoscopic Photography, conference, November 2014
  • Artist and Empire: New Dynamics, conference, November 2015

Related exhibitions and displays

  • Egypt: Francis Frith’s Whole Plate Views, Autumn 2012 – Spring 2013
  • Forgotten Faces, Spring 2014
  • ‘Poor man’s picture gallery’: Victorian Art and Stereoscopic Photography, 2014–15
  • Pre-Raphaelites works on paper, 2015


For further information, please contact Dr Carol Jacobi, Curator, British Art 1800 British Art (email