Dr Samuel Raybone

Dr Samuel Raybone

Lecturer in Art History

School of Art

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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.


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Raybone, S 2023, Gustave Caillebotte’s richesse laborieuse. in S Allan, G Groom & P Perrin (eds), Gustave Caillebotte: Painting Men. Getty Publications, Los Angeles, CA.
Raybone, S 2023, Provincialiser l'impressionnisme: les soeurs Davies, l'impressionnisme français et l'identité galloise en 1913. in F Faizand de Maupeou & S Le Men (eds), Collectionner l'Impressionnisme : Le rôle des collectionneurs dans la constitution et la diffusion du mouvement. Silvana Editoriale, pp. 238 -265.
Raybone, S 2023, Provincialising impressionism: the Davies sisters, French impressionism, and Welsh identity in 1913. in F Faizand de Maupeou & S Le Men (eds), Collecting Impressionism: A Reappraisal of the Role of Collectors in the History of the Movement. Silvana Editoriale.
Raybone, S 2021, 'Review of Mapping Impressionist Painting in Transnational Contexts edited by Emily C. Burns and Alice M. Rudy Price and Globalizing Impressionism and Reception, Translation, and Transnationalism edited by Alexis Clark and Frances Fowle', Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, vol. 20, no. 3. 10.29411/ncaw.2021.20.3.19
Raybone, S 2021, '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, vol. 43, no. 3, pp. 479-486. 10.1093/oxartj/kcaa028
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