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Catherine Roach

Associate Professor

Department of Art History

Catherine Roach is an Associate Professor of Art History. Her research investigates how people lived with, exhibited, and interpreted art in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with an emphasis on British painting and urban exhibition culture. She curated Seeing Double: Portraits, Copies and Exhibitions in 1820s London at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven. Her 2016 book, Pictures-within-Pictures in Nineteenth-Century Britain received the Historians of British Art Book Award for Exemplary Scholarship on the Period after 1800. She was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship at the Huntington Library to work on her second book—a history of the groundbreaking nineteenth-century exhibition society, the British Institution. She is also the recipient of a Distinguished Achievement in Research Award from VCUarts. Roach received her Ph.D in art history from Columbia University, and her BA in art history from Yale University.


“The Shadow Museum: A History of the British Institution, 1805–1867” (In preparation.)

Pictures-within-Pictures in Nineteenth-Century Britain (London and New York: Ashgate/Routledge, 2016; Paperback edition, 2018)

(Winner of the Historians of British Art Book Award for Exemplary Scholarship on the Period after 1800; Reviewed in:; Visual Culture in Britain; Pre-Raphaelite Society Journal; Victorian Studies)


“‘The Higher Branches’: Genre and Race on Display at the British Institution, London, 1806,” forthcoming in Art History

“The Ecosystem of Exhibitions: Venues, Artists, and Audiences in Early Nineteenth-Century London,” British Art Studies, issue 14 (November 2019)

“Rehanging Reynolds at the British Institution: Methods for Reconstructing Ephemeral Displays,” British Art Studies, issue 4 (Autumn 2016)

“‘My Hero’: Women and the Domestic Display of Marine Paintings,” in Spreading Canvas: Eighteenth-Century British Marine Painting, ed. Eleanor Hughes (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2016), 112–133

“Images as Evidence? Morse and the Genre of Gallery Painting,” in Samuel F.B. Morse’s Gallery of the Louvre and the Art of Invention, ed. Peter John Brownlee (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2014), 46¬¬–59

“Domestic Display and Imperial Identity: A Visual Record of the Art Collections of Edward Hawke Locker,” Huntington Library Quarterly 75, no. 3 (Autumn 2012): 411–428

“Taking Pictures: Looting, Preservation, and Photography during World War II,” Museum History Journal 2, no. 2 (July 2009): 163–180

“The Artist in the House of His Patron: Images-within-Images in John Everett Millais’s Portraits of the Wyatt Family,” Visual Culture in Britain 9, no. 2 (Winter 2008): 1–20

“The Foundling Restored: Emma Brownlow King, William Hogarth, and the Public Image of the Foundling Hospital in the Nineteenth Century,” British Art Journal 9, no. 2 (Autumn 2008): 40–49

Courses Taught:

Undergraduate: Survey of Western Art; Eighteenth-Century Art in Europe; Nineteenth-Century Art in Europe; Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism; Museums in the Twenty-First Century; Writing for Art History; Senior Seminar: Victorian Art

Graduate: Rethinking the Nineteenth Century; Victorian Art; The Pre-Raphaelites; Writing Seminar I; History of Exhibitions; Issues in Museum Collections Planning; Development and Analysis of Museum Exhibitions

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