Samuel Shaw

Career summary

BA Courtauld Institute, MA and PhD University of York. I have taught at the Universities of York and Warwick, and am currently based at the Yale Center for British Art.

Areas of interest / research

I am presently writing a critical study of the British artist William Rothenstein (1872-1945), who was a prolific portraitist. He is best known for his series of lithographic heads and chalk drawings, though he also painted portraits and, for a brief period, made medals. I am also very interested in the caricatures of Rothenstein’s close friend, the writer Max Beerbohm – and other artists who exhibited at the Carfax Gallery in the 1900s.
Whilst at Yale I have been working over a much wider period and geographical area, including nineteenth-century South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

I am also co-founder of the Edwardian Culture Network, an interdisciplinary resource for scholars working on the period 1895-1914 (the ‘long’ Edwardian era).

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

None of my writing thus far has directly tackled portraits.