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David Peters Corbett

Professor

  • Strand, Somerset House

    WC2R 0RN London

    United Kingdom

  • 10 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
19922017

Personal profile

Overview

David Peters Corbett received his PhD in English and American Studies from Manchester University in 1988. He joined the Courtauld in 2016 and was previously Professor of Art History, Head of Department and founding Director of the Centre for Modern Studies at the University of York, and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and Professor of Art History and American Studies at UEA. He has held visiting positions at Yale, Clare Hall, Cambridge, St Catherine’s College, Oxford, and the Ecole normale supérieure in Paris. Between 2007 and 2012 he was Editor of Art History.

He is interested in American and British art between about 1850 and 1950 and in the historiography and methodology of art history. His publications include The Modernity of English Art, 1914-1930 (Manchester, 1997) and The Geographies of Englishness (co-ed, Yale, 2002), both of which won prizes and the latter of which was a Guardian book of the year; The World in Paint: Modern Art and Visuality in England 1848-1914 (Penn State, 2004); Anglo-American: Artistic Relations between Britain and the US from Colonial Times to the Present (co-ed, Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), and An American Experiment: George Bellows and the Ashcan Painters (Yale, 2011). He is now working on a book called “Urban Painting and the Landscape Tradition in America, 1850-1930”.

Research interests

  • American Art 1850-1950, particularly painting
  • British Art, 1850-1950
  • Anglo-American Artistic Relations
  • Word and Image relations

Fellowships

  • Visiting Research Fellow, Graduate Program in Visual and Cultural Studies, University of RochesterNY, spring 1997  

  • Paul Mellon Fellow, Center for the Study of British Art, Yale University, summer 1998  

  • Leverhulme Fellow, 2001 

  • Clark Fellow, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA, summer 2001 

  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow, Huntington Library, San Marino, CA, 2004  

  • Leverhulme Major Research Fellow, 2007-10 

  • Terra Senior Fellow, Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington DC, 2009-10 

Grants

  • ‘Word and Image in England, 1870-1914’, University of York, Innovation and Research Priming Fund, 1996-97, to start research towards The World in Paint (£1,500).  

  • The Henry Moore Institute contributed to the costs of conference ‘Rethinking Englishness: English Art, 1880-1940’, University of York, July 1997. 

  • Paul Mellon Fellowship, Center for the Study of British Art, Yale University, USA, summer 1998 ($1,500).  

  • Co-applicant. Funding for English Art 1860-1914: Modern Artists and Identity (Manchester University Press/ Rutgers University Press), AHRB, towards the cost of illustrations, 1998 (£2,300).  

  • Leverhulme Research Fellowship, 2000. For ‘Visuality in English Painting, 1850-1914’, Leverhulme Trust, for replacement teaching, travel and research expenses (£8,164).  

  • Clark Fellow, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA, summer 2001 ($1,500).  

  • British Academy, Small Grants Competition, 2003, to enhance the quality and number of illustrations for The World in Paint (£2,700). 

  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow, Huntington Library, San Marino, CA, 2004 ($2000)  

  • ‘Landscape, City and Identity in American Painting 1825-1910’, University of York, Innovation and Research Priming Fund, 2003-4, to start research on this new project (£5,450). 

  • Paul Mellon Centre for the Study of British Art, Conference Grant towards “Art and the Islands: Centre and Periphery in British Art in the Time of William Orpen”, Imperial War Museum/ Tate Britain, February 2005 (£2,500) 

  • Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship, 2007, for ‘Landscape, City and Identity in American Painting 1850-1917’. 24 months from 1 October 2008 (£70,000).  

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council, Small Research Grant, 2008, for “The Moral Result”: Martin Johnson Heade, Frederic Church, Theodore Winthrop and the Painter’s Responsibility’ (£8,600). 

  • Paul Mellon Centre for the Study of British Art, Conference Grant towards ‘Anglo-American: Artistic Exchange between Britain and the USA’, York, July 2009 (£5,000) 

  • Terra Foundation for American Art, Conference Grant towards ‘Anglo-American: Artistic Exchange between Britain and the USA’, York, July 2009 ($22,000). 

  • Terra Foundation Senior Research Fellow, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC, October 2009-May 2010.A highly competitive residential fellowship ($35,000). 

  • Paul Mellon Centre for the Study of British Art, Conference Grant towards ‘New Approaches to British Art, 1939-1969’, Courtauld Institute of Art, May 2010 (with = Professor Lisa TicknerCourtauld Institute) (£3,000) 

  • Henry Moore Foundation, Conference Grant towards ‘New Approaches to British Art, 1939-1969’, Courtauld Institute of Art, May 2010 (with = Professor Lisa TicknerCourtauld Institute) (£3,000). 

  • Terra Foundation for American Art. Grant to support the Centre for American Art, Courtauld Institute of Art, 2016-2019 (3 years). $US225,000. 

  • “Anglo-American”, AHRC responsive mode. A major grant bid under development for 2016 (with Professor Martin Hammer, University of Kent).

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Advisory Board, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 2012-
  • Jury Panel Member, College Art Association/ Terra Foundation for American Art, International publication Grant, 2015-

Education / Academic qualification

Cambridge University

… → 1987

University of East Anglia

… → 1978

University of East Anglia

… → 1979

University of Manchester

… → 1988

External positions

Professor, University of East Anglia

20102016

Professor, University of York

19942010

Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University

19911994

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Research Output 1992 2017

''Decreation and Undoing: George Bellows’ Excavation Paintings, 1907-1909'

Peters Corbett, D. Sep 2017 In : Art History. 40, 17, p. 838-855

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Open Access

‘American Water: Memory and Projection in Mid-Nineteenth Century American Painting’

Peters Corbett, D. 2015 Interdisciplinary Encounters: Hidden and Visible Explorations of the Work of Adrian Rifkin. Arnold, D. (ed.). I. B. Taurus, p. 137-55

Research output: ResearchChapter

‘City Painting in American Art, 1880-1930’

Peters Corbett, D. 2015 The Blackwell Companion to American Art. Davis, J. (ed.). Wiley-Blackwell, p. 562-580

Research output: ResearchChapter