Colin Harrison is Senior Curator of European Art at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.


Colin Harrison has worked in the Ashmolean Museum since 1993. His main areas of responsibility and research cover British art from 1700 to 1945, and French art, 1800 to 1945.

He has been the curator of many exhibitions, both in the Ashmolean and in other institutions. Among his publications are the catalogues of ‘Great British Drawings’ 2015 and ‘Degas to Picasso: Creating Modernism in France’ 2017. He was the principal investigator for the research project which resulted in the website ‘The Elements of Drawing: John Ruskin’s Teaching Collection at Oxford’.

Role within Chromotope

Colin Harrison will be jointly supervising the doctoral student working on the role of colour in Ruskin’s teachings. He will also be co-curating the exhibition on Victorian Colour at the Ashmolean Museum in 2022.


Selected publications

  • Colin Harrison (joint author), Degas to Picasso: Creating Modernism in France, Ashmolean Museum, 2017.

  • Colin Harrison (editor and principal author) Great British Drawings, Ashmolean Museum, 2015.

  • Colin Harrison, ‘Choosing the texts for the Eragny Press’ in Lucien Pissarro in England: The Eragny Press 1895-1914, pp. 25-33, Ashmolean Museum, 2011.

  • Colin Harrison with Christopher Newall, The Pre-Raphaelites and Italy, Ashmolean Museum, 2010.

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