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 Victorian and Edwardian Art Research Centre promotes 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.

Past events

  • Painting with Light: Art and Photography from the Pre-Raphaelites to the Modern Age, May – September 2016
  • Pictorial Effect: Photography and Art in Britain 1835–1910, study day in collaboration with Paul Mellon Centre for British Art and Sotheby’s Institute of Art, June 2016
  • Artist and Empire: New Dynamics, conference, in collaboration with Birkbeck College and Kings’ Cultural institute with the support of Paul Mellon Centre for British Art, InIVA and AAH, November 2015, listen to a recording the first day here
  • ‘Poor Man’s Picture Gallery’: Art and Stereoscopic Photography, conference, November 2014
  • Forgotten Faces, scholars’ morning, May 2014
  • Victorian Photography, scholars morning, November 2012
  • Pre-Raphaelites, scholars’ morning, September 2012
  • Victorian Photography, scholars’ morning, November 2012
  • Victorian Sentimentality, scholars’ morning, June 2012

Related exhibitions and displays




For further information, please contact Dr Carol Jacobi, Curator British Art 1850–1915.