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  • Dr Matthew Craske

    Reader in History of Art

    School of History, Philosophy and Culture

    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


    Phone number: +44 (0)1865 483583

    Email: mcraske@brookes.ac.uk


    Matthew joined the staff at Oxford Brookes in January 2005 from Leicester University. He was awarded his PhD in 1992 by University College, London for his thesis, ‘The London trade in monumental sculpture and the imagery of the family in monumental art, 1720-1760’. He held a Fellowship at Churchill College, Cambridge from 1995-1998. In 1998 he was the Henry Moore Centre Fellow at Leeds and from 1998-2000 Henry Moore Foundation Fellow. In 2001-2002 he was the Leverhulme Fellow of the National Portrait Gallery. In 2012 he was a Visiting Professor at Yale University and was awarded a Paul Mellon Centre Senior Fellowship.


    • U68070/1: Advanced Seminars in History of Art (3rd year)
    • U68023: Field Work in Art History (2nd year)
    • U68021: Themes in Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century European Art (2nd year)
    • U68007: Art in Oxford (1st year)
    • U68001: Museums and Society (1st year)
    Matthew's research interests include: sporting art, the representation of servants, eighteenth and early nineteenth-century sculpture, the relationship between art and literature, especially illustration, the marble trade, the business of art, the representation of science, and interior decoration.

    Research projects

    Matthew is writing a book on the literary paintings of Joseph Wright of Derby.

    Journal articles

    • Craske M, 'Conversations and chimney pieces: the imagery of the hearth in eighteenth-century family portaiture'
      British Art Studies (2) (2016)
      ISSN: 2058-5462 eISSN: 2058-5462
      Abstract Website
    • Craske M, 'Model Making and anti-competitive practices in the late eighteenth-century London sculpture trade'
      RIHA Journal (2014)
      ISSN: 2190-3328 eISSN: 2190-3328
    • Craske M, 'Matthew Cotes Wyatt’s monument to George III and the Tory vision of metropolitan improvement, 1766–1835'
      Journal of Historical Geography 38 (4) (2012) pp.387-
      ISSN: 0305-7488 eISSN: 0305-7488
      Abstract Website
    • Craske M, 'Unwholesome' and 'pornographic': a reassessment of the place of Rackstrow's museum in the story of eighteenth-century anatomical collection and exhibition'
      Journal of the History of Collections 23 (1) (2011) pp.75-99
      ISSN: 0954-6650 eISSN: 0954-6650
      Abstract Website

    Book chapters

    Conference papers


    • Craske M, review of The Temperamental Nude: Class, Medicine and Representation in Eighteenth-century France, in Social History of Medicine 25 (2012) pp.754-755
      ISSN: 0951-631X eISSN: 0951-631X