Douglas Fordham

Associate Professor, Art History

Douglas Fordham is the author of Aquatint Worlds: Travel, Print, and Empire (Yale University Press, 2019) and British Art and the Seven Years' War: Allegiance and Autonomy (2010). He co-edited with Tim Barringer and Geoff Quilley, Art and the British Empire (2007). These publications examine the impact of political contingency on artistic form, the role of trade, travel, and empire to the formation of Western art, and the history of book illustration. Current research interests include the global publication and illustration history of John Bunyan’s A Pilgrim’s Progress, Australian printmaking, and the role of British imperial history in the development of art history as a discipline in the Anglophone world.


Douglas is currently serving as the Director of Graduate Studies for the PhD Program in Art and Architectural History and he welcomes inquiries from prospective students. 


Recent Articles and Book Chapters: 

“Hogarth’s Act and the Professional Caricaturist” in Hogarth’s Legacy, edited by Cynthia Roman (Yale University Press, 2016), 23-49.


“Satirical peace prints and the cartographic unconscious,” in Exhibiting Empire, edited by John Mackenzie and John McAleer (Manchester University Press, 2015), 64-89. 


“George Stubbs’s The Zebraand the Spectacle of Fine Art at the End of the Seven Years’ War,” in The Culture of the Seven Years’ War: Empire, Identity, and the Arts.Edited by Frans De Bruyn and Shaun Regan (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014), 284-306. 


“State, Nation and Empire in the History of Georgian Art,” in Perspective: La revue de l’INHA. Actualités de la recherche en histoire de l’art, no. 1 (2013): 723-42.


Douglas Fordham and Adrienne Albright, “The Eighteenth-Century Print: Tracing the Contours of a Field,” in Literature Compass Online 9/8 (2012): 509-20.