Colin Harrison

Mr Colin Harrison has worked in the Ashmolean Museum since 1993, and is now the Senior Curator of European Art. He is responsible for British art, French art after 1800, including the Pissarro Family Archive, portrait miniatures, and musical instruments. He was the recipient, as Principal Investigator, of major grants from the AHRB (2002) and AHRC (2010) for the digitization of the Ruskin Teaching Collections, available on-line as 'The Elements of Drawing: John Ruskin's Teaching Collection at Oxford'. He has organized many exhibitions, including 'John Malchair of Oxford' (1998), 'Turner's Oxford' (2000), 'The Pre-Raphaelites and Italy' (2010), 'Happy Birthday, Edward Lear' (2012), for which he was also sole or joint author of the catalogue. His current research projects include completing a study of 'Samuel Palmer and the Poetical Landscape', the catalogue of the British paintings in the Ashmolean Museum, and two exhibitions based on Manet's Portrait of Mlle Claus, which was acquired in 2012.