Madeline Hewitson is an early career researcher and holds a doctorate in art history from the University of York.


Her research focuses on nineteenth-century British Orientalist visual culture and representations of the Holy Lands. Her current research project, supported by a Paul Mellon Centre Research Continuity Grant, investigates the unique role of the Old Testament in Victorian visual culture.

She completed her BA, MA and PhD in the History of Art department at the University of York. During her MA she had a yearlong placement at the Hepworth Wakefield as part of a studentship. Her doctoral thesis, supervised by Professor Jason Edwards, explored the Near Eastern travels of Victorian artist and President of the Royal Academy Frederic Leighton. Madeline is also interested in public engagement and has organised several international conferences with partners such as York Art Gallery and Watts Gallery-Artists’ Village. She also lectures for the heritage tourism group Travel Editions.

Role within Chromotope

Madeline is a research assistant in the Western Art department at the Ashmolean Museum. She will be supporting curators Matthew Winterbottom, Charlotte Ribeyrol and Colin Harrison as they prepare the Victorian Colour exhibition.


Selected publications

  • Charlotte Ribeyrol, Matthew Winterbottom & Madeline Hewitson (eds.), Colour Revolution: Victorian Art, Fashion & Design Catalogue, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, 2023.

  • ‘Monument to Men Massacred in the Sinai Desert (1883): Empire and Orientalism at St. Paul’s Cathedral’ Journal of Victorian Culture (forthcoming, Spring 2022).

  • ‘Leighton House: Private Collection and Public Display’ British Art Studies 9 (Summer 2018).

  • ‘1875: Babylonians in Burlington House’, The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition: A Chronicle, 1769-2018 (London: Paul Mellon Centre for British Art and The Royal Academy, 2018).

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