Key research themes include: Victorian painting and art criticism; models of public art and academic culture, 1770-1850; representations of William Blake in Victorian culture; the formation and development of public art institutions, 1820-1900; cultural management and the Victorian state; and issues in design culture, 1850-1920. Most of these interdisciplinary concerns have been addressed in four co-edited four books:
Victorian Culture and the Idea of the Grotesque (Ashgate, 1999); Art and the Academy in the Nineteenth Century (Manchester University Press, 2000); Governing Cultures: Art Institutions in Victorian London (Ashgate, 2000) and Representations of G.F. Watts: Art Making in Victorian Culture (Ashgate, 2004).
Current research projects.
Visions of Blake: William Blake in the Art World 1830-1930 is published by Liverpool University Press in 2012. Future plans include editing a Special Edition of Visual Culture in Britain on the subject of Ford Madox Brown and Pre-Raphaelitism.