Edward Chaney

Edward Chaney FSA FRHistS (born 1951) is a British cultural historian.[1] He is Professor Emeritus at Solent University and Honorary Professor at University College London (School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS) – Centre for Early Modern Exchanges London).[2] He is an authority on the evolution of the Grand Tour, Anglo-Italian cultural relations, the history of collecting, Inigo Jones and the legacy of ancient Egypt. He also publishes on aspects of 20th-century British art. In 2003, he was made a Commendatore of the Italian Republic.[3] He is the biographer of Gerald Basil Edwards, author of The Book of Ebenezer Le Page which he succeeded in publishing following the author's death in 1976.[4] This has since been recognised as a twentieth-century classic.[5]


Edward Paul de Gruyter Chaney

OccupationUniversity professor
TitleProfessor of Fine and Decorative Arts, Southampton Solent University
Board member ofGovernor of University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
SpouseLisa Chaney
ChildrenJessica Chaney, Olivia Chaney
AwardsCommendatore of the Italian Republic
Academic background
Alma materWarburg Institute, University of London
Academic work
DisciplineCultural Historian
Sub-disciplineArt, Architecture, Collecting, Anglo-Italian relations
InstitutionsSouthampton Solent University
Main interestsGrand Tour, Anglo-Italian Cultural Relations, History of Collecting, Inigo Jones, Legacy of Ancient Egypt, 20th century British Art
Notable worksEvolution of the Grand Tour (1998)



Chaney was educated at Leighton Park School, Reading, Ealing School of Art and subsequently gained a first class degree in History of Art at Reading University before completing an MPhil and PhD at the Warburg Institute, University of London. He also has a Laurea from the University of Pisa. He married biographer Lisa Jacka in Paris, 1973, and has two daughters, Jessica Chaney, former art director of Apollo magazine, and singer-songwriter Olivia Chaney. The marriage was dissolved in 2002.[6]


From 1978 to 1985 Chaney lived in Florence where he was a 'Ricercatore' at the European University Institute, adjunct assistant professor at Georgetown University's Villa Le Balze, an Associate of Harvard University's Villa I Tatti and taught at the University of Pisa.[citation needed]

From 1985 to 1990 he was the Shuffrey Research Fellow in Architectural History at Lincoln College, Oxford before working for English Heritage as historian to the London region and lecturing in the History of Art at Oxford Brookes University. In 1997 was appointed Professor Fine and Decorative Arts at the Southampton Institute, now Southampton Solent University, where he established the History of Collecting Research Centre.[7]

In 2014 he was appointed Visiting Professor of Art History at the New College of the Humanities and January–March 2015 Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence.[8]

He was co-founder and editor of Journal of Anglo-Italian Studies, and has served on the Executive Committee of the British-Italian Society, the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) and the Catholic Record Society.[citation needed]

He currently serves on the Editorial Boards of:[citation needed]

In 2016 he was appointed Governor of University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.[citation needed]



  • Oxford, China and Italy: Writings in Honour of Sir Harold Acton (ed. with Neil Ritchie, Thames and Hudson, 1984)
  • The Grand Tour and the Great Rebellion: Richard Lassels and ‘The Voyage of Italy’ in the Seventeenth Century (C.I.R.V.I., Slatkine, 1985)[9]
  • A Traveller's Companion to Florence (intro Harold Acton, Constable, 1986; 2nd ed. Constable and Robinson, 2002)[10]
  • England and the Continental Renaissance (ed with Peter Mack: Boydell Press, 1990)
  • English Architecture: Public and Private (ed with John Bold: Hambledon Press, 1993)[11]
  • The Evolution of the Grand Tour: Anglo-Italian Cultural Relations since the Renaissance (1998; 2nd, paperback edition, Routledge, 2000)[12]
  • The Stuart Portrait: Status and Legacy (with Godfrey Worsdale; Paul Holberton Publishing, 2001).
  • The Evolution of English Collecting: Receptions of Italian Art during the Tudor and Stuart Periods (Yale University Press, 2003)[13]
  • Richard Eurich 1903–1992: A Visionary Artist (with Christine Clearkin, Paul Holberton, 2003)
  • Introduction, updated bibliography and corrections to new edition of John Hale's England and the Italian Renaissance (Blackwell, Oxford 2005)
  • Inigo Jones's 'Roman Sketchbook', 2 vols. (Roxburghe Club, 2006)
  • William Rose: Tradition and an Individual Talent (Bath, 2009)
  • The Jacobean Grand Tour: Early Stuart Travellers in Europe (with Timothy Wilks; I.B. Tauris, 2014).[14]
  • Genius Friend: G.B. Edwards and The Book of Ebenezer Le Page (Blue Ormer, 2015)[15]
  • Florence: A Traveller's Reader (Robinson, 2018)

Digital publications (selection)Edit




  1. ^ 'CHANEY, Prof. Edward Paul de Gruyter’, Who's Who 2016, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2016; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2015; http://www.ukwhoswho.com/view/article/oupww/whoswho/U70846. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Professor Edward Chaney academic profile". solent.ac.uk. Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Presidenza della Republica: Onorificenza". quirinale.it. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  4. ^ Fowles, John, Introduction to The Book of Ebenezer Le Page, Hamish Hamilton, 1981
  5. ^ Margaret Drabble, Oxford Companion to English Literature, 6th ed. p.99.
  6. ^ 'CHANEY, Prof. Edward Paul de Gruyter’, Who's Who 2016, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2016; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2015; http://www.ukwhoswho.com/view/article/oupww/whoswho/U70846. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  7. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20160306222700/http://www.solent.ac.uk/schools/art-design-and-fashion/staff-profiles/chaney-edward.aspx
  8. ^ "Edward Chaney • European University Institute". web.archive.org. 22 September 2016. Retrieved 27 February 2023.
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  16. ^ "The Leverhulme Trust: Awards Made in 2009" (PDF). leverhulme.ac.uk. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 April 2016. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  17. ^ The Itinerant Illustrator, 2014
  18. ^ European University Institute web site Archived 22 September 2016 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 1 October 2015.