Dr Samuel Raybone

Lecturer in Art History

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School of Art


I am a historian of art and visual cultures, specialising in nineteenth-century France (especially Impressionism); ephemera as documents of everyday life; and the history of photography. I take an interest in critical theory, most recently Walter Benjamin's writings on modern historicity, temporality, and aesthetics.

My forthcoming 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 ephemera—transient, everyday items like postage stamps, paper money, restaurant menus, and lapel flowers—in late nineteenth-century Europe.

I teach broadly on European art and visual culture in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries; photography from 1839 to the contemporary; critical theory and research methodologies; and art historiography.