Staff profile: Martin Myrone

Martin Myrone, Lead Curator, British Art to 1800

Martin Myrone curator

Martin Myrone is Curator of 18th and 19th Century British Art at Tate Britain.

Work at Tate

As Lead Curator, British Art to 1800, Martin Myrone works with the team of Curators and Assistant Curators responsible for the development of and research into Tate’s holdings of artworks from the sixteenth to the early nineteenth century. He has delivered a range of exhibition and display projects at Tate Britain, including Gothic Nightmares: Fuseli, Blake and the Romantic Imagination (2006), William Blake’s 1809 Exhibition (2009) John Martin: Apocalypse (2011–12) and British Folk Art (2014). He was founding co-convenor of the Tate Research Centre: British Romantic Art (2010–13) and has led and contributed to a number of funded research projects.

Joined Tate 1998.

Research interests

Martin Myrone’s research has centred on British art of the ‘long’ eighteenth century (c.1650–1850). He has a special interest in the work of Henry Fuseli, William Blake and history painting c.1750–1830, with a particular focus on questions of gender and identity and on the emerging exhibition cultures and art worlds of the period. He has also published on the historiography of ‘folk art’ in Britain and in 2010 ran an AHRC Research Network on ‘Folk Art and the Art Museum’. From 2009 to 2012 he was a co-investigator in an project with the University of York, Court, Country, City: British Art 1660–1735, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). In 2010 he led a research network called Folk Art and the Art Museum, also funded by the AHRC.

Selected publications

  • With Jeff McMillan and Ruth Kenny, British Folk Art, exhibition catalogue, Tate Britain 2014, 144pp.
  • John Martin: Apocalypse, exhibition catalogue, Tate Britain 2011, 240pp.
  • “Something Too Academical”: The Problem with Etty’, in Sarah Burnage, Mark Hallett and Laura Turner (eds.), William Etty: Art & Controversy, exhibition catalogue, York Museums Trust 2011, pp.47–59.
  • ‘Instituting English Folk Art’, Visual Culture in Britain, vol.10, no.1, 2009, pp.27–52.
  • ‘The Body of the Blasphemer’, in Helen P. Bruder and Tristanne Connolly (eds.), Queer Blake, Basingstoke 2010, pp.74–86.
  • The Blake Book, London 2007, 224pp.
  • William Blake: Seen in my Visions: A Descriptive Catalogue of Pictures, London 2009, 128pp.
  • Gothic Nightmares: Fuseli, Blake and the Romantic Imagination, exhibition catalogue, Tate Britain, London 2006, 224pp.
  • Bodybuilding: Reforming Masculinities in British Art, 1750–1810, New Haven and London 2005, 284pp.
  • With Lucy Peltz (eds.), Producing the Past: Aspects of Antiquarian Culture and Practice 1700–1850, Aldershot 1999, 214pp.

Selected exhibitions and displays

Last updated September 2014.