Bader International Study Centre


at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.



at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.

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Daphne Lawson

Assistant Professor

Qualifications and Research Interests

  • MA by Research and Thesis in Art History, University of Kent
  • BA (Hons) in Art History, Birkbeck College London University

Ms. Lawson is a full time art history lecturer at the BISC and has been teaching art history there since it opened in 1994. She specializes in nineteenth century French and English painting. Ms. Lawson has been instrumental in developing the concept of teaching art history in front of the primary sources in the art galleries of London and Paris. Her thesis was centred on her special area of interest in late nineteenth century French painting, on Degas and his Images of Private and Public Spectacle. This interface between visual imagery and performance was of particular interest to her because her first career was as an actress. She was trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama, graduating in 1971 and spent the next ten years in television, theatre and film before changing careers to become an art historian after she had a family. 

Selected Publications

Lawson, D. "Van Gogh: Framing the Biblical Vision." In The Edinburgh Companion to the Bible and The Arts, ed. Stephen Prickett. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2014.