Antony Griffiths named Oxford Slade Professor for 2015

  • 26 January 2015

Art Fund trustee Antony Griffiths has been named this year's Oxford Slade Professor, the oldest professorship of art at the University of Oxford, where he will speak on 'the print before photography'.

Antony Griffiths at the Art Without Frontiers debate at the British Museum © Jon Challicom

Antony Griffiths at the Art Without Frontiers debate at the British Museum

Antony Griffiths has been a trustee of the Art Fund since 2010. Between 1991 and 2011 he was deputy keeper, then keeper, of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum. In 1984 he co-founded Print Quarterly, a journal dedicated to the art of the print, and was appointed a fellow of the British Academy in 2000.

The Slade Professorship of Fine Art was founded in 1869 following a bequest from Felix Slade, an English lawyer who was an avid collector of glass, books and engravings. Slade endowed scholarships at Oxford University, Cambridge University and University College London (Slade School of Fine Art), creating three concurrent professorships.

The first Slade Professor at Oxford was John Ruskin, who announced his desire to create the Ruskin School of Drawing during the first lecture of his tenure. Other notable Oxford Slade Professors have included Kenneth Clark, Nicholas Penny and Charles Saumarez Smith.

Griffiths' duties as Slade Professor include delivering a series of eight public lectures and four seminars over the course of the year. For more details, visit the events page on the University of Oxford History of Art department website.