Rosalind Ormiston                                                                Art Historian, Author, Arts & Travel Writer

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


My academic 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 as subjects: 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.


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:

The Mayflower Pilgrims first settled in Leiden, from 1608, and were welcomed as refugees from England. They departed in 1620 on the Speedwell ship, travelling to England, thence from London in the Mayflower (they stopped at Portsmouth on the way) before voyaging to America.



The artist I am researching was famous across Europe in the 16th century.. An amazingly talented artist, a celebrated superstar, wealthy, and handsome too.


AND, I'm writing a murder-mystery novel, set in Paris, a new venture for me.




    * Society of Authors

    * British Guild of Travel Writers

    * Association for Art History 





I'm watching:

 The Brooklyn Rail 

features fantastic live interviews-conversations with artists. 


I am a contributor to The Artist's Path in 500 Walks published September 2020, featuring worldwide locations in the lives of artists, composers and writers. Thunder Bay Press.



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


ITALIA! magazine - October/November issue with my 6-page feature 'Raphael in Rome', pp.50-55 (see carousel for first page detail)