Dr Samuel Raybone
I am a historian of art and visual cultures, specialising in the history and historiography of Impressionism; nineteenth-century photography; and ephemera (transient, disposable images like postage stamps, restaurant menus, and trade cards). I take an interest in critical theory, most recently Walter Benjamin's writings on modern historicity, temporality, and aesthetics. My book, Gustave Caillebotte as Worker, Collector, Painter re-interprets the career of this once-forgotten painter by foregrounding his compulsions to work and to collect.
My present research examines intersections of class, disability, and masculinity in nineteenth-century medical photography; transnational and decolonial approaches to Impressionism, focusing on the complex relationships between transnational circuits and national imaginaries in the collection, display, and reception of Impressionism in Wales; and ephemera as evidence for an alternative aesthetics of modernity. I teach broadly on European art and visual culture in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries; global modernities and modernisms; photography from 1839 to the contemporary; critical theory and research methodologies; and art historiography.
Peer Reviewed Monograph
Gustave Caillebotte as Worker, Collector, Painter (London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2020).
"This study reassesses Gustave Caillebotte's career in its entirety, bringing into play notably his intensive pursuit of philately and his ambitious garden designs. Hardly noticed in previous accounts, these two concerns are brilliantly anatomized and shown to be integral aspects of the artist's creative life."Stephen Bann, Emeritus Professor of History of Art, University of Bristol.
"Raybone's excellent, well-researched book on Gustave Caillebotte offers us gripping new readings of the artist's labour in its broadest sense ... Caillebotte emerges from Raybone's important, thought-provoking study as a more complex and complete personality, and in ways that simultaneously provide us with fresh insights into Impressionism and French society in the period."Anthea Callen, Emeritus Professor, Australian National University.
“Formidably intelligent … Raybone’s perspective on the artist is highly original.”David Ekserdjian, The Evening Standard.
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Peer Reviewed Articles & Book Chapters
"Provincializing impressionism: the Davies sisters, French impressionism, and Welsh identity in 1913", in Collectionner l’impressionnisme / Collecting Impressionism, ed. Ségolène Le Men and Félicie de Maupeou (Milan: Silvana Editoriale, forthcoming).
"Embodying Bonapartism: Charles Nègre at the asile impérial de Vincennes in the French Second Empire". Article in preparation.
"Gustave Caillebotte's Interiors: Working between Leisure and Labor", nonsite 26 (2018). nonsite.org/article/gustave-caillebottes-interiors.
"L’impressionnisme philatélique de Gustave Caillebotte : la collection des timbres-poste et la culture visuelle en France à la fin du XIXe siècle", in Un portrait intérieur: le musée imaginaire des impressionnistes, ed. Ségolène Le Men and Félicie de Maupeou (Rouen: Presses universitaires de Rouen et du Havre, forthcoming).
"Notes Towards Practicing Žižekian Ideology Critique as an Art Historical Methodology". International Journal of Žižek Studies 9, no. 2 (2015): 1-20.
Post-Impressionists: Masterworks (London: Flame Tree, 2017).
Articles, Encyclopaedia Entries, & Reviews
"Review of Mapping Impressionist Painting in Transnational Contexts edited by Emily C. Burns and Alice M. Rudy Price and Globalizing Impressionism: Reception, Translation, and Transnationalism edited by Alexis Clark and Frances Fowle". Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, vol. 20, no. 3, 2021, forthcoming.
"Thoroughly Modern Models. Review of Le modèle noir de Géricault à Matisse edited by Annie Dufour and Looking at Men: Anatomy, Masculinity and the Modern Male Body by Anthea Callen". Oxford Art Journal 43, no. 3 (2020): 479-486.
"How Napoléon III used photography as propaganda to hide the horror of his new Paris". The Conversation (2020).
"'A millionaire who paints in his spare time'. The social history of art and the multiple rediscoveries of Gustave Caillebotte". H-France Salon 9, no. 14 (2017): 12-15.
"Review of Gustave Caillebotte. Painting the Paris of Naturalism, 1872-1887 by Michael Marrinan". The Burlington Magazine 159, no. 1374 (2017): 732-733.
"Later Realism's Fifteen Minutes. Review of Realism in the Age of Impressionism: Painting and the Politics of Time by Marnin Young". Art History 39, no. 1 (2016): 166-170.
The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, s.v. "Puvis (de Chavannes), Pierre-Cécile (1824–1898)", 2016.
|From Jan 2019||Aberystwyth University||Lecturer in Art History|
|Jan 2018 to Jan 2019||University of Leicester||Teaching Fellow in History of Art|
|Sept 2017 to Dec 2017||University of Essex||Lecturer in Art History|
|Sept 2016 to Jan 2017||The Courtauld Institute of Art||Associate Lecturer in History of Art|
|Aug 2016 to Sept 2017||Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford||Tutor|
|2013 to 2016||The Courtauld Institute of Art||PhD, History of Art|
|2012 to 2013||The Courtauld Institute of Art||MA, Distinction, History of Art|
|2009 to 2012||Durham University||BA (Hons.), First Class Honours, History|
Conferences & Invited Lectures
"Provincialising Impressionism". Session convened at Association for Art History (AAH) Annual Conference, University of Birmingham (online), 14-16 April 2021.
Invited Lectures & Keynotes
"Global impressionism and the idea of Wales". Invited paper to be presented at New Directions in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Art (online), 19 July 2021.
"Embodying Bonapartism: Charles Nègre at the asile impérial de Vincennes in the French Second Empire". Invited lecture at Centre for Research in Visual Culture, Nottingham University (online), 25 November 2020.
"Decentering collecting histories by mapping transnational mobilities: French impressionism in Wales". Paper to be presented online at College Art Association (CAA) Annual Conference, 3-5 March 2022.
"Embodying Bonapartist power: Charles Nègre at the asile impérial de Vincennes in the French Second Empire". Paper to be presented online at Annual Nineteenth-Century French Studies (NCFS) Colloquium, Georgetown University and the George Washington University, Washington DC, October 2021.
"The phenomenological relationality of photographing: Charles Nègre on the spot at the asile impérial de Vincennes". Paper presented online at Art in the Expanded Field: The Politics of ‘on the spot’ Practice, c. 1700-1900, Birckbeck, University of London, 14 May 2021.
"Collecting Impressionism on the periphery: French Impressionism and Welsh identity, 1912-2020". Paper presented at Collectionner l’impressionnisme, Université Paris Nanterre and l'Université de Rouen Normandie, Rouen, France (and online), 12-13 November 2020.
"Difference and Similitude: Gustave Caillebotte, Homosociality, and Collecting". Paper presented at Male Bonds in Nineteenth-Century Art, UGhent and ESNA, Ghent, Belgium, 15-16 May 2018.
"Regardez, mais ne touchez pas. The Pedagogical Value of Philately in late Nineteenth Century France". Paper presented at the Society for French Studies, 58th Annual Conference, Durham University, 3-5 July 2017.
"L’impressionnisme philatélique de Gustave Caillebotte : la collection des timbres-poste et la culture visuelle en France à la fin du XIXe siècle". Paper presented at Un portrait intérieur - Le musée imaginaire des impressionnistes, Musée des Beaux-arts de Rouen, France, 7-8 September 2016.
"Gustave Caillebotte’s Philatelic Impressionism: Collecting Stamps and Painting Paris, c. 1876-1877". Paper presented at the 2016 Courtauld Institute of Art Postgraduate Symposium: Showcasing New Research, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, 10-11 March 2016.
"History from the Stamp Album: Pedagogy and the Material Past in the Philatelic Discourse of late Nineteenth and early Twentieth Century Europe". Paper presented at the Object Lessons: Sculpture and the Production of Knowledge, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, 3 October 2015.
"Gustave Caillebotte and the Working Man's Body in the Cultural Imaginary of the early French Third Republic". Paper presented at the Modern and Contemporary Research Seminar, The Courtauld Institute of Art Research Forum, 1 December 2014.
"The pathological working-class body. Charles Nègre and the Asile impérial de Vincennes in the French Second Empire". Paper presented at the AAH New Voices 2014, A Picture of Health: Representations and Imaginations of Wellbeing and Illness, Wellcome Trust and Birkbeck, University of London, 7 November 2014.
Nottingham French Studies
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