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Edward Chaney

Professor Edward Chaney


School of Art, Design and Fashion

023 8201 3478 ext. 3478 Room no. JM205


Professor of fine and decorative arts

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. He also has a Laurea from the University of Pisa and is acommendatore of the Italian Republic.

From 1978-1985 he lived in Florence where he was a Ricercatore at the European University Institute, adjunct assistant professor at Georgetown University’s Villa Le Balze, 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 as historian to the London region and lectured in the history of art at Oxford Brookes University. Meanwhile he co-founded and was principal lecturer for Anglo-Italian study tours. In 2014 he was visiting professor of art history at the New College of the Humanities and January-March 2015 fernand braudel senior fellow at the European University Institute, Florence.

Professor Chaney is:

  • Honorary life member of the British Institute of Florence. 
  • Honorary associate of the Society of Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers. 
  • Honorary life member of the Guernsey Society. 
  • Founding chair of the History of Collecting Research Centre and the Research Cluster in ‘Cultural Memory’ at Southampton Solent University.
  • A fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.
  • A fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
  • Member of the Advisory Group of the Benedictus Trust.
  • commendatore of the Italian Republic.

He has served on:

  • The listed buildings committee of the Oxford Architectural and Historical Society. 
  • ICOMOS education committee.
  • The Council of the Catholic Record Society.
  • The executive committee of the British-Italian Society. 
  • The executive committee of Walpole Society.
  • The executive committee of the Association of International Art Critics (AICA). 
  • Southampton City Council ‘Cultural Consortium’.

He currently serves on the Editorial Boards of:

  • The Journal of the Wyndham Lewis Society.
  • The British Art Journal.
  • The Court Historian. 


  • 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.

Further information

  1. Awards

    Edward has won a number of awards ranging from the Leverhulme European Studentship to the Mellon British School at Rome Award.
    • Leverhulme European Studentship. 1978-9.
    • Huntington Library Research Fellowship (British Academy travel funded). 1995. 
    • Mellon British School at Rome Award. 2006.
    • Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship: 2010-2012. ‘Polytheism and its Discontents: Cultural Memories of Egypt in England.’ (£86,841).
    • British Council: travel expenses to International Travel and Illustration conference (keynote speaker), Bangalore, India, November 2014.
    • Fernand Braudel Senior Research Fellowship; European University Institute, Florence; January-March 2015.
  2. Recent publications

    Edward's publications include books and digital publications.


    • '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).
    • Introduction, updated bibliography and corrections to new edition of John Hale's 'England and the Italian Renaissance' (Blackwell, Oxford 2005).
    • Inigo Jones's 'Roman Sketchbook' 2 vols. (2006).
    • 'William Rose: Tradition and an Individual Talent' (2009).
    • 'The Jacobean Grand Tour: Early Stuart Travellers in Europe' (2014) (with Timothy Wilks).
    • 'Genius Friend: G.B. Edwards and The Book of Ebenezer Le Page' (2015).

    Digital publications include:

    'The Grand Tour'; consultant editors Jeremy Black, Edward Chaney and Rosemary Sweet. Two major essays and complete scans of many books and manuscripts belonging to ‘The Chaney Library,’ currently housed at Southampton Solent University; Adam Matthew Digital (subscribers only). 2009.

    Other works include:

    • In collaboration with Solent Fine Arts Valuation students he published an edition of Herbert Horne's 1889 'Italian Travel Diary' (with Jane Hall for the Walpole Society in 2002) and the exhibition catalogue on Richard Eurich (with Christine Clearkin in 2003).
    • In collaboration with colleague Professor Tim Wilks he published 'The Jacobean Grand Tour' (I.B. Tauris, 2014) in time for submission to the 2014 REF.
    • He was a member of Southampton's 'Cultural Consortium' and took a leading part in preventing the council from selling works of art from the city art gallery.
    • He has appeared on Television and on BBC Radio 4 (Woman's Hour, Science Now, Start the Week and In Our Time).
    • He has acted as consultant for programmes on the Grand Tour by Brian Sewell and Kevin McCloud (Channel 4) and Great British Art Collectors Lady Helen Rosslyn): BBC4: 2012-13.
  3. Research interests

    Edward Chaney has a wide and varied group of research interests.
    • Anglo-Italian cultural relations.
    • Travel, taste and collecting (The Grand Tour).
    • Inigo Jones and Anglo-Italian art and architecture.
    • Wyndham Lewis and 20th-century British art, Richard Eurich, Kitaj, Monnington et al.
    • 17th and 20th-century biography and English literature.
    • The legacy of Ancient Egypt.
  4. Work in progress

    Professor Chaney is currently completing a major monograph: 'The Cultural Memory of Ancient Egypt in Early Modern England' to be published by I.B. Tauris. He is also preparing the 3rd edition of 'Florence: A Travellers’ Companion for Tauris and An Edition of the English College Pilgrim Book' (with Prof Stefano Villani).

    Professor Chaney is currently completing a major monograph: 'The Cultural Memory of Ancient Egypt in Early Modern England' to be published by I.B. Tauris.

    He is also preparing the 3rd edition of 'Florence: A Travellers’ Companion for Tauris and An Edition of the English College Pilgrim Book' (with Prof Stefano Villani).