Mr Michael Liversidge

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Michael Liversidge FSA, FRSA is Emeritus Dean, Faculty of Arts. He came to History of Art at Bristol in 1970 and taught here until 2008, and was Head of Department (1979-96, 2002-03 and 2004-06) and Dean of Arts (1996-2001). He specialises in British art from the Renaissance to the early-20th century, with particular interests in landscape art of the 18th and 19th centuries, the history of designed landscapes and gardens, and classical receptions in British painting. He co-curated Canaletto and England (Birmingham City Museums and Art Gallery, 1993) and Imagining Rome. British Artists and Rome in the Nineteenth Century (Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery, 1996). He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Yale Center for British Art, was Chairman of Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society and Honorary Secretary of the Friends of Bristol Art Gallery, and served on the South West Museums Council. He is currently writing a monograph on the eighteenth-century English landscape painter William Marlow, and is completing a study of an anonymously published obscene Georgian ‘novel’ which sheds new light on the meaning of Sir Francis Dashwood’s pleasure grounds at West Wycombe as a site for sexual indulgence.

Selected publications include:

William Hogarth's Bristol Altar-piece, 1980, Bristol (The Historical Association).

'Pastoral and Rustic Themes. Landscape Prints by the Smiths of Chichester'. In The Smith Brothers of Chichester, Chichester (Pallant House Gallery), 1986, 35-47.

Canaletto & England, 1993, Birmingham (City Museum and Art Gallery) and London (Merrell Holberton), (with Jane Farrington).

Imagining Rome. British Artists and Rome in the Nineteenth Century, 1996, Bristol (City Museum and Art Gallery) and London (Merrell Holberton), (with Catharine Edwards).

'Virgil in Art’. In C.A. Martindale (ed), The Cambridge Companion to Virgil , Cambridge, 1997, 91-103.

" ... a few foreign graces and airs ...”: William Marlow's Grand Tour Landscapes'. In C. Hornsby (ed), The Impact of Italy. The Grand Tour and Beyond, London, (British School at Rome), 2000, 83-99.

‘Romantic Redcliffe: Image and Imagination’. In A. Heys (ed), Thomas Chatterton and Romantic Bristol , Bristol, 2005, 53-63.

‘Blotting out Bristol. Humphry Repton’s Royal Fort Red Book’. In M.J. Crossley-Evans (ed), ‘A Grand City’ – ‘Life, Movement and Work’. Bristol in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth centuries , Bristol (Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society), 2010, 168-184.

“Living Alma-Tadema Pictures”: Hypatia at The Haymarket Theatre’. In V. Coltman, Making Sense of Greek Art. Ancient Visual Culture and its Reception, Exeter University Press, 2012, 156-178.