Rosalind Ormiston                                                                Art Historian, Author, Arts & Travel Writer

My career background is art and architectural history, informed by an MA (Classical Civilisation) and BA (Hons) History of Art, Architecture and Design. In addition, teaching history of art, architecture and design, history of photography, material and visual culture, at Kingston University, London, from 2003-2012.


COMMISSIONED BOOKS include: modern art movements and noted artists such as the Dutch painters Hieronymus Bosch, Johannes Vermeer, Vincent van Gogh and Rembrandt van Rijn; the Italian Renaissance Masters: Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo; plus JMW Turner, Paul Gauguin, Egon Schiele, Edward Hopper, and Pablo Picasso.


CURRENTLY writing a book on Hans Holbein the Younger, who was born in Augsburg, Germany in 1497. Carousel above has detail from the Augsburger Monatsbilder: 'Augsburg: January, February, March', c.1531, by Jorg Breu. Holbein died in London in 1543, possibly of the plague. His phenomenal lifesize painting The Ambassadors, 1533, has been the second most-viewed painting at the National Gallery online during the gallery's closure due to lockdowns. See carousel (image copyright National Gallery, London).



I contributed to the book  500 Walks with Writers, Artists and Musicians ,featuring worldwide locations in the lives of artists, composers and writers. It is published by Francis Lincoln, for release in the UK in March 2021. The American version was published in September 2020 by Thunder Bay Press, titled The Artist's Path in 500 Walks  (see carousel for American and UK covers).



By Prestel Publishing, in Picasso (2020), 'Masters of Art' series, exploring Picasso's life and work.


LEIDEN400NL  has been chosen as a finalist for the prestigious British Guild of Travel Writers annual awards. It was nominated by me (see carousel above) in a special category of the International Tourism Awards: The Armchair Award ('armchair travel' during coronavirus lockdown, when travel has been restricted). The presenters brought Leiden to the world, via a 3.5 hour livestream event, on youtube, facebook and Instagram, on 16th May, 2020, commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower pilgrims leaving Leiden, after a 12-year stay, to voyage to the USA in 1620. Brilliant to watch. It's on Youtube:



MARCH 2021


    * Society of Authors

    * British Guild of Travel Writers

    * Association for Art History 





Have you visited this website

The Brooklyn Rail  

On weekdays It features live online conversations with artists, writers, poets.

National Gallery, London 

The gallery's latest press release gives 17 May 2021 as new date to reopen. Some exhibitions have delayed openings with a major exhibition cancelled.


Poussin and the Dance will still open as planned on 9 October 2021 (until 2 January 2022).
The Credit Suisse Exhibition Durer’s Journey’s: Travels of a Renaissance Artist will open on 20 November 2021, and run until 27 February 2022.
But it has had to indefinitely postpone the autumn exhibition Impressionist Decorations: The Birth of Modern Decor (which was due to open on 11 September 2021).

For travel or art commissions, or to contact me to discuss projects, please email: