Prof Colin Cruise DipAD (Hornsey) PGCE (Middx) MLitt (Keele) PhD (Keele)

Prof Colin Cruise


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Before starting an academic career in Victorian Studies, Cruise studied Fine Art, specialising in printmaking & painting. His PhD thesis concerns English Literature of the 1890s in relation to religion, art, & gender. He has published widely on aspects of Victorian culture, including 'Versions of the Annunciation' (After the Pre-Raphaelites, MUP 1999); 'Baron Corvo & the Key to the Underworld' (The Victorian Supernatural, CUP 2003); & 'Sincerity & Earnestness: Rossetti's Early Exhibitions' (Burlington Magazine, January 2004). He contributed three entries on Victorian artists to the Dictionary of National Biography. Recent publications include book chapters on Pater (for Macmillan), on Burne-Jones (for the Yearbook of English Studies) & on Simeon Solomon (for Ashgate); he has a forthcoming chapter on drawing in The Cambridge Companion to Pre-Raphaelitism.

Cruise curated the major exhibition Love Revealed: Simeon Solomon & the Pre-Raphaelites (2005-6) - which toured Villa Stuck, Munich, & the Ben-Uri Gallery, London - & organised the accompanying conference for the National Portrait Gallery, London (2006), & the symposium at Yale BAC (2006). The exhibition catalogue was published by Merrell in 2005.

Cruise is a Member of the AHRC Peer Review College (since 2007); a Member of both the AHRC Postgraduate Panel (since 2008) & Collabrative Doctoral Awards Panel (since 2010); & served as Chair of the Association of Art Historians (2004-07). He is a member of the academic advisory panel for a major JISC-funded project to digitise all Pre-Raphaelite works at BMAG & is curator of an international touring exhibition on Pre-Raphaelitism, The Poetry of Drawing (catalogue to be published by Thames & Hudson in December 2010). He was the holder of the first Pre-Raphaelite Fellowship jointly awarded by the University of Delaware & the Delaware Art Museum in 2008.




Cruise, C. 2015. From the Margins: The Male Bohemian Observer in Mid-Victorian Culture. Visual Culture in Britain 16 (2) pp. 137-153. 10.1080/14714787.2015.1039356 Cadair


Cruise, C. 2014. Afterword. In A. Yeates., S. T. . (eds) Pre-Raphaeite Masculinities: Constructions of Masculinity in Art and Literature. The Nineteenth Century Taylor & Francis, Farnham, Surrey pp. 213-217. Cadair

Cruise, C. 2014. Composing meanings: Space and invention in Ford Madox Brown’s paintings, 1843-55 . Visual Culture in Britain 15 (3) pp. 334-348. 10.1080/14714787.2014.945810 Cadair


Cruise, C.Cruise, C., Heuser, H., Meyrick, R., Pierse, S. 2013. Keith Vaughan: Figure and Ground: Drawings, Prints and Photographs 1935 - 1962. Sansom and Company, Bristol Other Cadair

Cruise, C.J. 2013. Figure and Ground: Keith Vaughan Drawings, Prints and Photographs. Cadair

Cruise, C.J. 2013. Experiments in Drawing and Illustration: Vaughan as a graphic artist. In C. Cruise. (ed) Figure and Ground: Keith Vaughan- Drawings, Prints and Photographs 1935-1962. Sansom and Company, Bristol pp. 58-85. Cadair


Cruise, C. 2012. Pre-Raphaelite drawing. In E. Prettejohn. (ed) The Cambridge Companion to the Pre-Raphaelites. Cambridge Companions to Literature Cambridge University Press pp. 47-61. Cadair


Cruise, C. 2011. Strudwick, John Melhuish (1849-1937), painter. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press 10.1093/ref:odnb/67619 Cadair

Cruise, C. 2011. Religion and Sexuality. In S. Calloway., L. Federle Orr. (eds) The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900. V&A Publishing pp. 236-237. Cadair

Cruise, C. 2011. Walter Pater (1839-1894). In S. Calloway., L. Federle Orr. (eds) The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900. V&A Publishing pp. 60-61. Cadair

Cruise, C. 2011. Drawing and Vision. Cadair

Cruise, C.J. 2011. Pre-Raphaelite Drawing. Thames & Hudson Cadair

Cruise, C. 2011. The Poetry of Drawing: Pre-Raphaelite Designs, Studies and Watercolours. The Poetry of Drawing: Pre-Raphaelite Designs, Studies and Watercolours. Cadair


Cruise, C. 2010. Critical Connections and Quotational Strategies: Allegory and Aestheticism in Pater and Simeon Solomon. In E. Clements., L. J. Higgins. (eds) Victorian Aesthetic Conditions: Pater across the Arts. Springer Nature pp. 68-82. Cadair

Cruise, C. 2010. 'Sick, sad dreams': Burne-Jones and Pre-Raphaelite Medievalism. Yearbook of English Studies 40 (1/2) pp. 121-140. Other Cadair


Giebelhausen, M., Barringer, T., Cherry, D., Codell, J., Corbett, D.P., L'Enfant, J., Vaughan, W., Rosenfield, J., Cruise, C., Plampin, M. 2009. Poetic, eccentric, Pre-Raphaelite: the critical reception of Simeon Solomon's work at the Dudley Gallery. In M. Giebelhausen., T. Barringer. (eds) Writing the Pre-Raphaelites. Taylor & Francis pp. 171-191. Cadair


Cruise, C. 2007. St Johns' Wood Clique (act. 1863-1890). Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press Other Cadair


Cruise, C. 2005. Love Revealed: Simeon Solomon and the Pre-Raphaelites. Merrell Publishers Cadair

Cruise, C. 2005. Among the Ruins: Burne-Jones, Browning and Time. In G. Pochat., B. Wagner. (eds) Erzählte Zeit und Gedächtnis: narrative Strukturen und das Problem der Sinnstiftung im Denkmal. ADEVA pp. 111-124. Cadair


Cruise, C. 2004. Solomon, Simeon (1840- 1905), painter and draughtsman. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press 10.1093/ref:odnb/36185 Cadair

Cruise, C. 2004. Yeames, William Frederick (1835- 1918), painter. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press 10.1093/ref:odnb/48919 Cadair

Cruise, C. 2004. 'Sincerity and Earnestness': D. G. Rossetti's Early Exhibitions 1849-53. Burlington Magazine 146 (1210) pp. 4-12. Cadair Other


Jaffa, S.A., Weiner, J., Cruise, C.J., Soloman, F.M. 2001. 'A certain effeminacy and morbid mysticism': “Late” and “Later” Solomon and his audiences. From Prodigy to Outcast - Simeon Solomon: Pre-Raphaelite Artist . Jewish Museum London, London pp. 23-29. Cadair


Cruise, C.J. 1999. Versions of the Annunciation: Oscar Wilde and the message of beauty . In E. Prettejohn. (ed) After the Pre-Raphaelites: Art and Aestheticism in Victorian England. Manchester University Press, Manchester pp. 167-187. Cadair


Cruise, C.J. 1996. 'Lovely devils': Simeon Solomon and Pre-Raphaelite masculinity. In E. Harding. (ed) Re-framing the Pre-Raphaelites: Historical and Theoretical Essays. Scolar Press, Aldershot pp. 195-210 . Cadair

Cruise, C.J. 1996. ‘Artists’ clothes: Some observations on male artists and their clothes in the nineteenth century’. The Gendered Object . Manchester University Press, Manchester pp. 112-120. Cadair