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Elizabeth Prettejohn

Elizabeth Francesca Prettejohn (born 15 May 1961)[1] is an art historian and author of several books about art history. Her books have included Rossetti and his Circle (1997), The Art of the Pre-Raphaelites (2000) and Art for Art's Sake (2007). She has also co-edited and co-authored several publications. She has written exhibition catalogues and papers for journals such as The Burlington Magazine, Journal of Victorian Culture and Art Bulletin.


Education and careerEdit

Prettejohn was the Professor of the history of art at the University of Bristol from 2005, before becoming head of the history of art at the University of York in 2012. She has also been the Professor of Modern Art at the University of Plymouth and the curator of Paintings and Sculpture at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. She studied at Harvard University, where she got her Bachelor of Arts degree (summa cum laude), and at the Courtauld Institute of Art, where she got her Master of Arts degree in 1987 and PhD degree in 1991.[2] She is married to the Professor of Classics and Dean of Arts, Charles Martindale. [1]



Name Year Publisher Notes
Modern painters, old masters : the art of imitation from the Pre-Raphaelites to the First World War 2017 Yale University Press
The Modernity of Ancient Sculpture: Greek Sculpture and Modern Art from Winckelmann to Picasso 2012 I. B. Tauris
Art for Art’s Sake: Aestheticism in Victorian Painting 2007 Yale University Press Won the 2008 Historians of British Art Prize for
single-authored book on a subject from the period after 1800
Beauty and Art 1750-2000 2005 Oxford University Press Part of the Oxford History of Art series
The Art of the Pre-Raphaelites 2000 Tate Publishing and Princeton University Press
Interpreting Sargent 1998 Tate Publishing
Rossetti and his Circle 1997 Tate Publishing
After the Pre-Raphaelites: Art and Aestheticism in Victorian England 1999 Manchester University Press and Rutgers University Press Editor
Frederic Leighton: Antiquity, Renaissance, Modernity 1999 Yale University Press Edited with Tim Barringer

Curated exhibitionsEdit

Name Time Locations Notes
J.W. Waterhouse: The Modern Pre-Raphaelite (in Europe)
J.W. Waterhouse: Garden of Enchantment (in Canada)[3]
2008–2010 Groninger Museum Groningen, Royal Academy of Arts London and
Museum of Fine Arts Montreal
With Peter Trippi, Robert Upstone and MaryAnne Stevens.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti 2003-04 Walker Art Gallery and Van Gogh Museum With Julian Treuherz and Edwin Becker
Adrian Stokes 2002 June Arnolfini With Edwin Becker and others
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema 1996-97 Walker Art Gallery and Van Gogh Museum With Edwin Becker and others
Imagining Rome: British Artists and Rome in the Nineteenth Century 1996-97 Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery With Michael Liversidge
Characters and Conversations: British Art 1900-1930 1996-97 Tate Gallery Liverpool With Fiona Bradley
Impressionism for England: Samuel Courtauld as Patron and Collector 1994 Courtauld Institute Galleries Researcher


  1. ^ "CV 2011". Retrieved 12 October 2012.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "The Courtauld Institute of Arts newsletter archive issue 21 : spring 2006". Archived from the original on 20 September 2010. Retrieved 10 August 2010.
  3. ^ "J.W. Waterhouse Exhibitions". Archived from the original on 13 August 2009. Retrieved 4 September 2009.

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