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Prof Matthew Potter

Professor

Department: Arts

I am Professor of Art and Design History, Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange for the Department of Arts, and Academic Lead on the Northumbria University-Tyne and Wear Museums and Archives Partnership.

After completing my undergraduate degree in Modern History, at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, I studied the History of Art at a postgraduate level at the Courtauld Institute and Birkbeck College, University of London. Between 2004 and 2011 I taught at Oxford Brookes, Plymouth, and Leicester Universities, before joining Northumbria University in October 2011.

My research is on the history of visual culture, with a particular focus on the period between 1800 and 1950 and themes including art education, art collecting, historical art practices (artworks with historic subjects), and international cultural debates and exchanges, primarily in relation to the British World.

I teach on art historical and theoretical modules that feed into the BA Fine Art and MA Conservation programmes.

Matthew Potter

Qualifications

  • History of Art PhD September 01 2002
  • History of Art MA August 31 1999
  • History BA (Hons)

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • British Art for Australia, 1860-1953, Potter, M. 14 Jan 2019
  • The inspirational genius of Germany: British art and Germanism, 1850-1939, Potter, M. May 2012
  • The concept of the ‘Master’ in art education in Britain and Ireland, 1770 to the present, Potter, M. Oct 2013
  • ‘Bold liberals who fought for the cause of freedom’: the German Reception of the Graphic Satires of James Gillray and Thomas Rowlandson at the Fin de Siècle (1895-1908), Potter, M. 4 May 2019, In: Visual Culture in Britain
  • National intelligence, spiritual rapprochement, and mystic beefsteak/Nationalcharakter, geistige Annäherung und mystisches Beefsteak, Potter, M. 1 Jul 2018, London 1938 - Defending ‘degenerate’ art, Wädenswil, NIMBUS
  • Breaking the shell of the humanist egg: Kenneth Clark’sUniversity of London lectures on German art historians, Potter, M. Dec 2014, In: Journal of Art Historiography
  • Fostering in the people the purest types of beauty, Potter, M. Nov 2014, In: Visual Culture in Britain
  • Orientalism and its visual regimes: Lovis Corinth and imperialism in the art of the Kaiserreich, Potter, M. 2010, A History of Visual Culture: Western civilisation from the 18th to the 21st century, Oxford, Berg
  • The ‘Abysmal inexcusable middle class’, Painting, Commemoration, and the First World War, Potter, M. 2017, The Edinburgh Companion to the First World War and the Arts, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press
  • Cambridge University and the Germanist Bridge: the aesthetics and politics of internationalism at the Fin de Siècle, Potter, M. 2009, Internationalism and the Arts in Britain and Europe at the Fin de Siècle, Oxford, Peter Lang

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My first monograph was The Inspirational Genius of Germany: British Art and Germanism, 1850-1939 (Manchester University Press: hardback: 2012; paperback: 2016) which used materials from fourteen UK archives to recover the British investigations of German art and artistic ideas overlooked by modern historians largely due to the geopolitics of the Cold War. I followed this with articles on topics including Germanism and art history at Cambridge University (2009); Kenneth Clark’s lectures on German art historians (2014: https://arthistoriography.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/potter.pdf); German art exhibitions in London, 1853-1934 (2018); the fin-de-siècle German reception of James Gillray and Thomas Rowlandson (2019); and Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s reception in Germany, 1873-1912 (2019).

I am the editor and a contributing author to The concept of the ‘Master’ in art education in Britain and Ireland, 1770 to the present (Ashgate: hardback: 2013; paperback: 2016). I have also written articles on the teaching activities of Ford Madox Brown and Kenneth Clark.

My second monograph was on British Art for Australia: The acquisition of artworks from the United Kingdom by Australian national galleries, 1860-1953 (Routledge, 2019). This used material from twelve Australian and five UK archives to explore, for the first time, the engagement of the five ‘national’ art galleries of the different regions of Australia with the UK art market. The history of their collecting activities offers insights into the cultural diplomacy Australians engaged in to negotiate their own hybrid British identity and relation to the British empire, challenging assumptions that Australian art galleries unquestioningly followed UK examples and instructions.

I am currently editing Representing the past in the art of the long nineteenth century: Historicism, Postmodernism, and Internationalism (Routledge, forthcoming 2021) which examines globalised visual historicism in the long nineteenth century, and am working on my third monograph on the afterlife of Georgian satirical cartoons: for details please see https://research.northumbria.ac.uk/VisualMaterialCultures/?page_id=590.

PGR Supervision

  • Laia Anguix Vilches From wood shavings to an art collection: the early history of the Laing Art Gallery (Newcastle) and the creation of its permanent collection (1904-1957) Start: 01/03/2017
  • Andrew Schaer An Improbable Plan: Gustav Stickley's turn of the century gambit to market the future of domestic applied arts via the imagined past Start: 25/09/2013


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