Distinguished Professor Emeritus Robert Tittler

Memberships (professional bodies)

Fellow, Royal Historical Society (FRHistS).

Fellow, Society of Antiquaries, London (FSA).

Fellow, Royal Society of Canada (FRSC).

N. American Conference on British Studies Institute of Historical Research, University of London.

Career summary

Loyola College of Montreal, 1969-74.

Assist. Professor; Concordia University, various ranks to Professor, 1983-2005.

‘Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History’, 2005-present.

Visiting Professor, Yale University, 1998.

Hon. Research Fellow, U. Leicester, Oct., 2006.

Adjunct Professor, Art History, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 2010-.

Areas of interest / research

Social and Economic context of English portraiture c.1500-1640.

Patrons, Publics and Portraits in Provincial England c.1540-1640.

English Painters of any description, 1500-1640.

Portraits and memory.

Regional and provincial portraiture.

Details of books/publications relating to your work on British portraiture


The Face of the City; Civic Portraiture and Civic Identity in Early Modern England (Manchester University Press, 2007).

Portraits, Painters, and Publics in Provincial England, 1540-1640 (Oxford University Press, 2012).



‘An Actor’s Face? The Sanders Portrait in Context’, in Stephanie Nolen, ed., Shakespeare’s Face, (Random House, Canada, Toronto, 2002).

‘Portraiture, Politics, and Society’, in R. Tittler and N. Jones, eds., The Blackwells Companion to Tudor Britain (Blackwells and The Historical Association, Oxford, 2004).

‘Freemen’s Gloves and Civic Authority: The Evidence from Post-Reformation Portraiture’, Costume (the Journal of the Costume Society), Vol. 40 (2006), pp. 13-21.

‘Three Livery Company Portraits by Jan de Critz’, Burlington Magazine, vol. 147 no. 1228 (July, 2005), pp. 141-144.

‘Portraiture and Character in Shakespeare’s England’, Dalhousie Review, 86:1 (Spring, 2006) pp. 7-26.

‘Portrait Collection and Display in the English Civic Body, c. 1540-1640’, Journal of the History of Collections (2008; doi:10.1093/jhc/fhm039).

‘Print Collecting in Provincial England Prior to 1650; the Randle Holme Album’, co-authored with Dr. Anne Thackray, British Art Journal 11:1 (2008) pp. 23-30.

‘Cultural Relations between London and the Provincial Towns: Portraiture and Publics in Early Modern England’, co-author with Dr. Anne Thackray, in Bronwen Wilson and Paul Yachnin, eds.,  Making Publics in Early Modern Europe, People, Things, Forms of Knowledge (Routledge; Abingdon, Berks., and New York, 2010), pp. 123-136.

‘Portraits, Precedence and Politics Amongst the London Liveries, c. 1540-1640’,  Urban History. 35/3, (Dec., 2008) pp. 349-62.

‘Thomas Heywood and the Portrayal of Female Benefactors in Post-Reformation England’, Early Theatre, 11: 1 (June, 2008) 33-52.

‘Faces and Spaces: Displaying the Civic Portrait in Early Modern England’, in Everyday Things in Early Modern England, edited by Catherine Richardson and Tara Hamling, (Ashgate, 2012) pp. 179-187.

‘Regional Portraiture and the Heraldic Connection in Tudor and Early Stuart England’ The British Art Journal, 9:3 (Summer, 2009) pp. 3-10.

‘George Cottington and the Dering Family Portraits of 1626′, Burlington Magazine, vol. 151 (April, 2009), pp. 208-11.

‘Tracking the Elusive Portrait Painter Thomas Leigh through Caroline England and Wales’, with Stephanie Roberts (National Gallery of Wales), The British Art Journal, XI,1, (summer, 2010), pp. 1-9.

‘Early Stuart Chester as a Centre for Regional Portraiture’, to be published in Urban History, 2013.

‘Portraiture and Memory Amongst the Middling Elites in Post-Reformation England’, to be published in Andrew Gordon and Thomas Rist, eds., The Arts of Remembrance in Early Modern England, (Ashgate, 2013). In Press.