Carol Jacobi, Curator, British Art 1850–1915

Work at Tate

Carol Jacobi is responsible for acquisitions, exhibitions and research for British art from 1850–1915 and has worked on the permanent and temporary displays. Since joining Tate in 2012, she has developed the exhibition of historic photography, curating Painting with Light, art and photography from the Pre-Raphaelites to the modern age with Hope Kingsley in 2016 and the Spotlight display ‘Poor man’s picture gallery’: Victorian Art and Stereoscopic Photography with Brian May and Denis Pellerin in 2014–15. She curated Salt and Silver: Early Photography 1840–1860 and the Spotlight display Francis Frith in Egypt (2012–13) with the Wilson Centre for Photography. Carol was one of the curators of Artist and Empire (2015–16) led by Alison Smith, and devised the Spotlight display Pre-Raphaelite Works on Paper (2015–17). She founded the Tate Research Centre: Victorian and Edwardian Art in 2012 through which the team convene a range of projects, conferences and events.

Joined Tate 2012.

Research interests

Carol Jacobi’s research is centred on nineteenth- and twentieth-century painting, sculpture and photography. She has a background in science and literature and has a long-term commitment to creating a more interdisciplinary, accessible and diverse canon. She devised the Scottish Trail in 2015 with Jenny Batchelor and has convened several conferences including Artist and Empire: New Dynamics 1790 to the present day (24–26 November 2015). As Leverhulme Fellow in the History of Portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery, (2008–9) she began a study of Isabel Rawsthorne and has recently completed the monograph.

Selected media

  • The Art of Adultery, Natalie Haynes, BBC Radio 4, 2016
  • Chatterton: Myth of a Doomed Poet, BBC4, with Michael Symmons Roberts and Brian May 2016
  • Victorian Revolutionaries: The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, BBC4, 2008

Selected publications

  • ‘Through French Eyes’, in Impressionists in London, French artists in exile 1870–1904, ed. Caroline Corbeau-Parsons, London 2017
  • ‘“I have something to show you”, Pablo Picasso’s Portraits of Isabel Rawsthorne’, Burlington Magazine, 2017
  • ‘Isabel’, in Jacqueline Munck (ed.), Derain, Balthus, Giacometti, Une amitié artistique, exhibition catalogue, Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris 2017
  • ‘Francis Bacon and Forties France’, in Martin Harrison (ed.), Francis Bacon: Paris, Monaco and the Cote d’Azure, Paris 2016
  • Painting with Light, Art and Photography from the Pre-Raphaelites to the Modern Age, with Hope Kingsley, London 2016
  • Artist and Empire: Facing Britain’s Imperial Past, with Alison Smith, David Brown and Caroline Corbeau-Parsons, London 2015
  • ‘Round Table’, with Marta Braun, Elizabeth Edwards, Hope Kingsley, Anne de Mondenard and Lori Pauli, in Salt and Silver: Early Photography 1840–1860, London 2015
  • ‘A Kind of Cold War Feeling’, in Catherine Jolivette (ed.), British Art in the Nuclear Age, Farnham 2014, pp.19–50, William MB Berger Prize 2016
  • ‘Sugar, Salt and Curdled Milk: Millais and the Synthetic Subject’, Tate Papers, no.18, Autumn 2012
  • ‘William Holman Hunt, 1827–1910’, in Elizabeth Prettejohn (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to the Pre-Raphaelites, Cambridge 2012
  • ‘Muse und Malerin: Isabel Lambert und Alberto Giacometti’, in Gottlieb Leinz and Véronique Wiesinger (eds.), Alberto Giacometti: “Die Frau auf dem Wagen”, Triumph und Tod, Duisberg 2010
  • ‘Cat’s Cradle: Bacon and the Art of “Isabel Rawsthorne”’, in David Mellor and Ysanne Holt (eds.), Visual Culture in Britain, vol.10, no.3, 2009
  • ‘Narrative Painting’, in Chris Stephens (ed.), A History of British Art: 1870–Now, vol.3, London and New Haven 2008
  • William Holman Hunt and the Pre-Raphaelite Vision, with Katherine Lochnan, New Haven 2008
  • William Holman Hunt: Painter, Painting, Paint, Manchester 2006
  • ‘Mimesis, Materiality and The Shadow of Death’, Art History, no.25, Winter 2002

Selected displays

  • Painting with Light: Art and Photography from the Pre-Raphaelites to the Modern Age, Tate Britain, 2016
  • Artist and Empire: Facing Britain’s Imperial Past, Tate Britain, 2015
  • BP Spotlight: Pre-Raphaelite Works on Paper, Tate Britain, 2015
  • Salt and Silver: Early Photography 1840–1860, Tate Britain, 2015
  • BP Spotlight: ‘Poor man’s picture gallery’: Victorian Art and Stereoscopic Photography, Tate Britain, 2014–15
  • BP Spotlight: Francis Frith Photographs, Tate Britain, 2012–13
  • Moving Bodies: Isabel Rawsthorne 1960s, Walsall New Art Gallery, co-curator Jo Digger, 2012
  • Sin and Salvation: William Holman Hunt and the Pre-Raphaelite Vision, Art Gallery of Ontario, Manchester City Art Gallery, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, co-curator Katharine Lochnan, 2008–9

Last updated May 2017.