Dr Matthew Craske

Reader in History of Art

School of Education, Humanities and Languages


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.

Teaching and supervision


Modules taught


  • Advanced Seminars in History of Art (3rd year)
  • Field Work in Art History (2nd year)
  • Themes in Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century European Art (2nd year)
  • Art in Oxford (1st year)
  • 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.



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