Katie J. T. Herrington
Postdoctoral Researcher



Katie Jane Tyreman Herrington is currently a non-stipend Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department. Katie received her doctorate in History of Art in 2013 for her thesis, Between Women: Visualizing Victorian Women Artists’ Identities through Art Movements, Media and Scale, c. 1848-1898, which she completed in the Department of History of Art, University of York. She was formerly was employed - from December 2012 to November 2015 - as the Network Facilitator for the Department's Leverhulme International Network Enchanted Modernities: Theosophy, Modernism and the Arts, c. 1875-1960She was Managing Curator for the Network Partners' exhibition Pioneering Spirit: Maud MacCarthy - Mysticism, Music and Modernity at the Borthwick Institute for Archives, University of York, 7 February -  9 May 2014 and Assistant Curator for Enchanted Modernities: Mysticism, Landscape and the American West at the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum, Utah State University, 14 April -10 December 2014. From February to May 2013 she undertook an AHRC funded postdoctoral Cultural Engagement Fellowship entitled Three Graces: Victorian women, visual art and exchange. The project, which was a collaborative one between the Humanities Research Centre and Department of History of Art at the University of York and the Victoria & Albert Museum, involved a number of cultural engagement events and resulted in an online resource available on the History of Art Department's Research Portal.  She is interested in nineteenth-century British and European art and she is particularly concerned with the material qualities of Victorian paintings. Her research focuses on artworks produced by a number of women artists who worked beyond predetermined categories and between disciplines and media and explores their formation of specific artistic identities through their art.


Selected publications

  • Three Graces: Victorian women, visual art and exchange, online exhibition (launched 5 February 2014)
  • ‘Catalogue entry for Edward Matthew Ward’s The Fall of Clarendon (1846)’ and ‘Biographical Note for Edward Matthew Ward’, in L'Invention du Passé, exh. cat. (Musée des Beaux Arts de Lyon, 19 Apr – 21 Jul 2014)
  • 'The Three Graces within their Familiar and Artistic Circles', Online Resource published on the Victorian women, visual art and exchange site, History of Art Research Portal, University of York
  • [Forthcoming] 'Beatrice Wood: Theosophy, Krishnamurti and Enchanted Vessels', in Enchanted Modernities: Theosophy, the Arts and the American West (Fulgur Press, Summer 2016).

Book Reviews

  •  ‘Review: Genteel Mavericks: Professional Women Sculptors in Victorian Britain by Shannon Hunter Hurtado’, in The Sculpture Journal (Print and online: Dec, 2013)
  •  ‘Review: ‘What is in the Detail?’: The New Painting of the 1860s by Allen Staley (Yale University Press, 2011)’, Hope: The Life and Times of a Victorian Icon by Nicholas Tromans(Surrey, Watts Gallery, 2011), Watts Chapel: A Guide to the Symbols of Mary Watts’s Arts and Crafts Masterpiece by Mark Bills (London/ New York, Philip Wilson Ltd./ Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) and An Artists’ Village: G.F. Watts and Mary Watts at Compton by Mark Bills (Surrey/ New York, Watts Gallery, Philip Wilson Ltd. & Palgrave Mcmillan, 2011), in Journal of Victorian Culture (Routledge, 26 Jun 2012) & Journal of Victorian Culture Online (Print and online: Routledge, 21 Jun 2012)
  • ‘Review: J. W. Waterhouse: The Modern Pre-Raphaelite, Royal Academy of Arts London, 27 June - 13 September 2009. J. W. Waterhouse: The Modern Pre-Raphaelite, exhibition catalogue with essays by Elizabeth Prettejohn, Peter Trippi, Robert Upstone and Patty Wageman (London: Royal Academy of Arts, 2009)’, Visual Culture in Britain, vol. 10, November (Print and online: Routledge, 2009)

Contact details

Katie Tyreman Herrington
Postdoctoral Researcher
Department of History of Art

External activities

Invited talks and conferences

  • Invited Position Paper - "Annie Louisa Swynnerton, A.R.A.": Overlooked Victorians, British Art Network Meeting, Manchester CAG (16 January 2014)
  • "Three Graces Project: Women Artists, Exchange and Visibility" - ATINER (Athens Institute for Education and Research), 4th Annual International Conference on Visual and Performing Arts, Athens, Greece (4th May 2013)
  • Victorian Women: Inter-Disciplinary & Institutional Exchange, An In-Gallery Symposium, V&A Research Department (4 March 2013)
  • "Re-examining Joanna Mary Boyce Wells: A Penchant for the Small": University of York, Symposium, Victorian Women Artists Revisited (27 April 2011)
  • "Annie Louisa Swynnerton: Sculpting Paint": Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Graduate Symposium The Substance of Paint (26 February 2011)


Curatorial Work