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School of History

Dr Chloe Ward


Senior Lecturer in the History of British Art

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 2899
Room Number: ArtsTwo 3.13


I specialise in Victorian and Edwardian art, focusing particularly on political art and the history of British drawing and illustration. I received my MPhil and PhD in the history of art from King’s College, Cambridge, and held a Curatorial Fellowship at Watts Gallery before joining Queen Mary in 2015.

On AHRC funded research leave from January 2019 until January 2021 to complete the project ‘From Protest to Propaganda: A History of Activist Art in Britain, 1845–1918’.



Research Interests:

My book, The Drawings of G. F. Watts, is the first analysis of drawings by the celebrated Victorian painter, George Frederic Watts (1817-1904). I am currently at work on my second book, Art and Activism: Promoting Change Through British Periodical Illustration, 1893-1914.

My main research areas include:

  • The art produced by activists, political groups, minorities, and protestors, particularly in the modernist period
  • The practice and reception of Victorian drawing
  • Periodical illustration and the mass circulation of imagery
  • The history of art exhibitions, particularly exhibitions of British art in America
  • Art and disability






I welcome applications from candidates wishing to undertake doctoral research in the following areas:  -The history of British art, especially:  Victorian visual and material culture Political art and art activism Transatlantic exchange Museums and exhibition practices.