Rosalind Ormiston

I am an art and architectural historian. I write features for art magazines and newspapers, with many books published, on art movements, and artists, including Hieronymus Bosch, Vincent van Gogh and Rembrandt, William Morris, Egon Schiele and Edward Hopper.

I spend my time in London and Cumbria. I joined Kingston University as a visiting lecturer in 2002/3, teaching art, architecture and design history.  I write for commercial and academic publications, with books on art for several publishers. I write travel features too, and when possible, visit places that hold my interest, from the Cotswolds to Casablanca; Den Bosch to Dublin, Penrith to Portmeirion.


On the following pages you will find information on commissioned books, and selected interviews.



Interviewed for a Podcast for BBC History - on Arts & Crafts Movement click to hear

APRIL 2018 highlights in London

Zut Alors! From Monet to Picasso to Dion...

Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy

first ever solo Pablo Picasso exhibition at Tate Modern. It will bring you face-to-face with more than 100 paintings, sculptures and drawings, mixed with family photographs and rare glimpses into his personal life.

Three of his extraordinary paintings featuring his lover Marie-Thérèse Walter are shown together for the first time since they were created over a period of just five days in March 1932.


MONET AND ARCHITECTURE     National Gallery  London 

 9 April - 29 July 2018


A new way to look at Monet's wonderful paintings, through his use of architecture.


Time Out's quirky review heaps great praise (after a couple of paragraphs)


Painting::The Houses of Parliament, Fog Effect (Le Parlement, effet de brouillard), 1904 © Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg

Mark Dion

Theatre of the Natural World

Until 13 May 2018

'Whitechapel Gallery  London

American artist Mark Dion approaches art by shadowing scientific enquiry, engaging in fieldwork, expeditions and experiments. Performing the role of scientist, explorer, museum curator and archaeologist.



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APRIL 2018

Updated edition of a book I wrote for Prestel in 2014,  50 Art Movements You Should Know: From Impressionism to Performing Arts (The 50 Series) will be published in September 2018 


I'm re-reading Ruskin, in David Zwirmer's new publication, a pocket-size edition of Giotto and his works in Padua (1850s), for Italia magazine


Remarkable wildlife artist, Ashley Boon, is on my radar for feature in Artists & Illustrators'  magazine. He lives in the exquisitely beautiful county of Cumberland (Cumbria).


Loved researching and writing:

Vermeer & the Dutch Masters

Flametree Publishing.

To be published August 2018


Currently reearching, and writing a book on Hans Holbein the Younger