Staff Profile:Dr Simon Lee



Position / Job Title:
Associate Professor in the History of Art
Senior Tutor in History, Senior Tutor for the School of Humanities
Areas of Interest:

My research covers aspects of French and Spanish art in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries with particular emphasis on Jacques-Louis David, Eugène Delacroix and Francisco Goya. I am also particularly interested in the relationship between the visual arts and the social and political upheavals of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic periods, including the imagery and ideology of territorial conquest and colonization.

I welcome enquiries from prospective postgraduate students in any of the above areas of interest, as well as 18th and 18th century sculpture. I have supervised postgraduate research theses on Goya and on English Baroque and Gothic Revival architecture as well as acting as external examiner for doctoral theses on French 18th and 19th century painting and criticism

Research groups / Centres:

I have published widely on Jacques-Louis David, including a monograph in 1999 (Phaidon Art & Ideas) and 'A newly discovered portrait of Napoleon by Jacques-Louis David' (Burlington Magazine, October 2013). My monograph on Delacroix will appear in the Phaidon Art & Ideas series in the Spring of 2015. My contribution to Melvyn Bragg's 'In Our Time' Radio 4 programme on Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People is available at

I have also written articles on Jean-Germain Drouais, Goya, and José Luzán and was consultant for television programmes on David, Goya and Delacroix by Tim Marlow in the second series of Great Artists for Channel 5.

Jump to: 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2007 | 2006
Number of items: 8.


Lee, S. (2017) Deranged and virtuous widowhood: Horace Vernet’s 'Woman driven insane by love' and 'Edith recovering Harold’s body after the battle of Hastings’. In: Hornstein , K. and Harknett, D. (eds.) Horace Vernet and the Thresholds of Nineteenth-Century Visual Culture. Interfaces: Studies in Visual Culture. Dartmouth College Press, Hanover, New Hampshire, pp. 153-170. ISBN 9781512600414

Lee, S. (2017) Succour for the faithful and defeat for the Moor: divine intervention in José Luzán's paintings for the Chapel of Nuestra Señora de Zaragoza la Vieja, San Miguel de los Navarros, Zaragoza. Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 94 (3). pp. 417-437. ISSN 1475-3820 doi:


Lee, S. (2016) King Ferdinand’s veto: Goya’s 2nd and 3rd May 1808 as patriotic failures. In: Padiyar , S., Shaw, P. and Simpson, P. (eds.) Visual Culture and the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 120-136. ISBN 9781472447111 (978147244711)


Lee, S. (2015) Delacroix. Art & Ideas. Phaidon, London, pp352. ISBN 9780714839837


Lee, S. (2014) Promenades in Enlightenment Madrid: the tapestry cartoons and new social spaces. In: The Flâneur Abroad. Historical and International Perspectives. Cambridge Scholars, Newcastle upon Tyne, pp. 66-93. ISBN 9781443860161


Lee, S. (2013) A newly discovered portrait of Napoleon by Jacques-Louis David. Burlington Magazine, 155 (1327). pp. 687-692. ISSN 0007-6287


Lee, S. (2007) Napoleon amongst the shopkeepers. David’s 1815 exhibition on London. In: Ledbury, M. (ed.) David after David: essays on the later work. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, USA, pp. 326-341. ISBN 9780931102691


Lee, S. (2006) Review of 'The legacy of Homer: four centuries of art from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris' by E.Schwartz, G.Steiner and P.Senechal. The Art Book, 13 (4). pp. 51-52. ISSN 1467-8357 doi:

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