Professor Edward Chaney

Professor, Faculty of the Creative Industries

Edward Chaney 


Professor of Fine and Decorative Arts
Chair of the History of Collecting Research Centre

Professor Chaney gained a first class honours degree in History of Art at Reading University and completed an MPhil and PhD at the Warburg Institute, University of London.

From 1978/1985 he lived in Florence where he was ricercatore at the European University Institute, an Associate of Harvard University's Villa I Tatti, and taught at the University of Pisa. From 1985/90 he was the Shuffrey Research Fellow in Architectural History at Lincoln College, Oxford. He subsequently worked for English Heritage and lectured in the History of Art at Oxford Brookes University.

Professor Chaney is:  

  • A 'Commendatore' of the Italian Republic
  • Honorary Life member of the British Institute of Florence
  • Honorary Associate of the Society of Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers
  • Has served on the executive committees of the British-Italian Society, the Walpole Society, the Catholic Record Society, the Association of International Art Critics (AICA)
  • a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries
  • a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of the Wyndham Lewis Society, The British Art Journal and The Court Historian.
  • and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

He is the author of a number of books including:

  • Oxford, China and Italy (ed. with N Ritchie: 1984)
  • The Grand Tour and the Great Rebellion (1985)
  • A Traveller's Companion to Florence (1986; 2nd ed 2002)
  • England and the Continental Renaissance (ed with Peter Mack: 1990)
  • English Architecture: Public and Private (ed with John Bold: 1993).
  • The Evolution of the Grand Tour: Anglo-Italian Cultural Relations since the Renaissance (1998; 2nd, paperback edition, 2000).
  • The Stuart Portrait: Status and Legacy (2001)(with Godfrey Worsdale)
  • The Evolution of English Collecting: Receptions of Italian Art during the Tudor and Stuart Periods (2003)
  • Richard Eurich 1903-1992: A Visionary Artist (2003) (with Christine Clearkin)
  • Inigo Jones's 'Roman Sketchbook' 2 vols. (2006)
  • William Rose: Tradition and an Individual Talent (2009).

In collaboration with Solent students he has published an edition of Herbert Horne's 1889 Italian Travel Diary (for the Walpole Society in 2002) and the exhibition catalogue on Richard Eurich (with Jane Hall and Christine Clearkin respectively in 2003). He is a member of Southampton's 'Cultural Consortium' (taking a leading part in preventing the council from selling works of art from the city art gallery) and has appeared on Television and on BBC Radio 4 (Woman's Hour, Science Now, Start the Week and In Our Time). He is currently completing a book in collaboration with his colleague Dr Tim Wilks entitled Jacobean Reconnaissance (on European travel in the early seventeenth century) and a monograph to be entitled Egypt in England, on the idea of ancient Egypt in Early Modern England, funded by a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship (2010/12). 

BA(Hons), MPhil, PhD, Laurea di Dottore, FSA, FRHistS

BA (Hons) - Reading University
Laurea - University of Pisa
MPhil - Warburg Institute, University of London
PhD - Warburg Institute, University of London

Subject expertise and research interests

Anglo-Italian cultural relations
Travel, Taste and Collecting (The Grand Tour)
Inigo Jones and English/Italian architecture
Wyndham Lewis and 20th century British art, Richard Eurich, Kitaj et al.
Egypt in England

Professor Chaney is willing to give lectures/seminars/interviews on any of the above specialist areas.

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