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Professor Neil McWilliam

MA, PhD (Oxford)

Room H237 | Office Hours: Tuesdays 10-12

Professor McWilliam is on leave 2002-2003.
Research | Publications | Recent Activities

I am currently researching a book-length study on Nationalism and the Visual Arts in the French Third Republic, 1871-1914. This will be completed with an accompanying monograph on Regionalism, Ethnography and the Depiction of the French Peasant from the Revolution to Vichy.



  • Monumental Intolerance. Jean Baffier, A Nationalist Sculptor in fin-de-siècle France (Penn State Press, 2000)

Monumental Intolerance. Jean Baffier

  • Hogarth (Studio Editions, London, 1993)
  • Dreams of Happiness. Social Art and the French Left 1830-1850 (Princeton University Press, 1993)
  • With Vera Schuster, Richard Wrigley and Pascale Méker A Bibliography of Salon Criticism in Paris from the Ancien Régime to the Restoration 1699-1827, (Cambridge University Press, 1991)
  • A Bibliography of Salon Criticism in Paris from the July Monarchy to the Second Republic 1831-1850, (Cambridge University Press, 1991)
  • (with Veronica Sekules) editor of Life and Landscape: the Photographs of P.H. Emerson, catalogue for an exhibition mounted by the Sainsbury Centre of Visual Arts, Norwich, (Summer 1986)

Articles, Review Articles and chapters in books (selected):

  • 'Von "Marat" bis "Thermidor": Die Interpretation der Revolution in der Dritten Republik in Frankreich' in Gudrun Gersmann and Hubertus Kohle (eds.) Revolution, Republik und Reaction: Der Umgang mit dem Erbe der Französischen Revolution 1889-1914 (in press)
  • 'Désiré Laverdant et l'esthétique fouriériste', in Fourier - Fouriérismes, - Fouriéristes, Paris, 1999 (in press).
  • 'Peripheral Visions: Class, Cultural Aspiration and the Artisan Community in Mid-Nineteenth-Century France', in I. Gaskell and S. Kemal (eds.), Politics, Aesthetics and the Arts, Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and the Arts, (Cambridge University Press, 1999) (in press).
  • 'Commemoration and the Politics of Iconoclasm: The Battle over "les Statues dreyfusardes", 1908-1910', in W. Reinink and J. Strumpel (eds.), Memory and Oblivion Acts of the XXIXth International Congress of the History of Art, Amsterdam 1996, Erasmus Boekhandel bv, Amsterdam, 1999.
  • 'Mythologising Millet" in A. Burmester, C. Heilmann & M. F. Zimmermann (eds), Barbizon. Malerei der Natur - Natur der Malerei. Klinkhardt & Biermann, Munich, 1999, pp. 438-47.
  • 'Craft, Commerce and the Contradictions of Anti-Capitalism: Reproducing the Applied Art of Jean Baffier', in E. Ranfft and A. Hughes (eds.), Sculpture and Its Reproductions, Reaktion Books, London, 1997, pp. 100-112.
  • 'Race, Remembrance and "Revanche": Commemorating the Franco-Prussian War in the Third Republic', Art History, vol. 19, no. 4, December 1996, pp. 473-98.
  • 'Monuments, Martyrdom and the Politics of Religion in the French Third Republic', Art Bulletin, vol. 57, no. 2, June 1995, pp. 186-206.
  • 'David after David: Art History and the Construction of the Biographical Subject', in M. Orwicz (ed.), Art Criticism and its Institutions in Nineteenth-Century France, Manchester University Press, 1994, pp. 43-62.
  • 'Presse, journalisme et critique d'art à Paris entre 1850 et 1860', Quarante huit/Quatorze, Annual publication of the Musée d'Orsay, no. 5, 1993, pp. 53-62.
  • 'Les David du XIXe siècle', in R. Michel (ed.), David contre David, Paris, La Documentation française, vol. 2, 1993, pp. 1117-35.
  • 'Why were there no Great Saint-Simonian Artists?' in W. Vaughan (ed.), L'Art et les transformations sociales révolutionnaires, L'Art et les révolutions, fascicule 3, CIHA, Strasbourg, 1992, pp. 69-79.
  • 'Opinions professionnelles: critique d'art et économie de la culture sous la Monarchie de juillet', Romantisme no. 71, 1991, pp. 19-30.
  • 'Limited Revisions. Academic Art History confronts Academic Art', Oxford Art Journal, vol. 12, no. 2, September 1989, pp. 71-86.
  • 'Le Paysan au Salon', in J.-P. Bouillon (ed.), La Critique d'art en France 1850-1900, Presses universitaires de Saint-Etienne, 1989, pp. 81-94.
  • 'Art, Labour and Mass Democracy: Debates on the Status of the Artist in France around 1848', Art History, vol. 11, no. 1, March 1988, pp. 64-87.
  • 'The Sculptor of Modern Life', Oxford Art Journal, vol. 10, no. 1, Summer 1987, pp. 102-5.
  • 'Objets retrouvés', Art History, vol. 10, no. 1, March 1987, pp. 109-21.
  • 'Country Life: Three Generations of Peasant Painters', Oxford Art Journal, vol. 9, no. 1, Summer 1986, pp. 76-81.
  • (with Alex Potts) 'Richard Wilson: Landscapes of Reaction', History Workshop Journal, Spring 1985. Reprinted in F. Borzello and A. Rees (eds.) The New Art History, Camden Press, London, 1986, pp. 106-19.
  • 'Making Faces', Art History, vol. 7, no. 1, March 1984, pp. 115-19.
  • (with Christopher Parsons) '"Un Paysan de Paris": Alfred Sensier and the Myth of Rural France', Oxford Art Journal, vol. 6, no. 2, March 1984, pp. 37-57.
  • '"Un Enterrement à Paris": Courbet's Political Contacts in 1845', Burlington Magazine, vol. 125, March 1983, pp. 155-56.
  • 'David d'Angers and the Panthéon Commission: Politics and Public Works under the July Monarchy', Art History, vol. 5, no. 4, December 1982, pp. 426-46.
  • 'Look at Life', Art History, vol. 4, no. 4, December 1981, pp. 466-70.
  • 'A Microcosm of the Universe. The Building of the University Museum', Oxford Art Journal, vol. 1, no. 1, 1978, pp. 23-7.

Recent Activites
  • Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 1997-98
  • Editor, Art History, 1987-93
  • 'Avant-Garde Anti-Modernism: Nationalism and the Search for Nationhood in Fin-de-Siècle Montmartre,' 'France 1900. Visual, Literary and Political Cultures' conference, University of Bristol, November 1999
  • 'Black Cats, Mad Cows and Golden Calves: Nationalism and Anti-Semitism in Fin-de-Siècle Montmartre,' 'France: History and Story' conference, University of Birmingham, July 1999
  • 'Art, Literature and the Working Class in mid 19th-Century France,' Department of French, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, April 1998
  • 'Commemorating Dreyfus,' Princeton University, April 1998
  • 'Memorialising Marat: Commemoration and Conflict over the Revolutionary Legacy in Third Republic France', CAA conference, New York, February 1997
  • 'Commemoration and the Politics of Iconoclasm: The Battle over "les Statues dreyfusardes", 1908-1910', 29th International Congress of the History of Art, Amsterdam, September 1996
  • 'Millet and His Critics', Haus der Kunst, Munich, colloquium on "'Les Amis de la nature'. Barbizon und seine Künstler" organised by the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte and the Doerner Institute, March 1996
  • 'Bad Art or Bad Intentions? Coming to terms with Jean Baffier', CAA conference, San Antonio, February 1995

Prof Neil McWilliam