Slade Professor of Fine Art
The Slade Professorship of Fine Art is the oldest professorship of art
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 at the universities of Cambridge
University of Cambridge
The University of Cambridge is a public research university located in Cambridge, United Kingdom. It is the second-oldest university in both the United Kingdom and the English-speaking world , and the seventh-oldest globally...

, Oxford
University of Oxford
The University of Oxford is a university located in Oxford, United Kingdom. It is the second-oldest surviving university in the world and the oldest in the English-speaking world. Although its exact date of foundation is unclear, there is evidence of teaching as far back as 1096...

 and London.


The chairs were founded concurrently in 1869 by a bequest from the art collector and philanthropist Felix Slade
Felix Slade
Felix Joseph Slade FRA , was an English lawyer and collector of glass, books and engravings.A fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a philanthropist who endowed three Slade Professorships of Fine Art at Oxford University and Cambridge University, and at University College London, where he also...

, with studentship
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s also created in the University of London. The studentships allowed for the creation of the Slade School of Art, now part of University College London
University College London
University College London is a public research university located in London, United Kingdom and the oldest and largest constituent college of the federal University of London...

, whose Director holds the Slade Professorship. The chair at Oxford is a visiting professorship, with duties restricted to a series of 8 public lectures, to which four seminars have been added from 2011. The professorship is associated with All Souls College, Oxford
All Souls College, Oxford
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. The bequest was also indirectly responsible for the foundation of the Ruskin School of Drawing in Oxford, which was financed by the first Oxford Professor, John Ruskin
John Ruskin
John Ruskin was the leading English art critic of the Victorian era, also an art patron, draughtsman, watercolourist, a prominent social thinker and philanthropist. He wrote on subjects ranging from geology to architecture, myth to ornithology, literature to education, and botany to political...

, who announced his intention in his inaugural lecture "to the general dismay of his listeners". The Cambridge Lectures are also a series of eight public lectures by a visiting professor. The lectures are often subsequently published in a book version.

Slade Professors, University College, London

  • Edward Poynter
    Edward Poynter
    Sir Edward John Poynter, 1st Baronet, PRA was an English painter, designer, and draughtsman who served as President of the Royal Academy.-Life:...

  • Alphonse Legros
    Alphonse Legros
    Alphonse Legros , painter, etcher and sculptor was born in Dijon. His father was an accountant, and came from the neighbouring village of Véronnes....

  • Fred Brown (1882)
  • Henry Tonks
    Henry Tonks
    Henry Tonks, FRCS was a British draughtsman and painter of figure subjects, chiefly interiors, and a caricaturist...

  • Randolph Schwabe (1930)
  • William Coldstream
    William Coldstream
    Sir William Menzies Coldstream was a British realist painter and a long standing art teacher.-Biography:...

  • Lawrence Gowing
    Lawrence Gowing
    Sir Lawrence Gowing was a British artist, writer, curator and teacher. Initially recognized as a portrait and landscape painter, he quickly rose to prominence as an art educator, writer, and eventually, curator and museum trustee...

  • Patrick George (1985)
  • Bernard Cohen
    Bernard Cohen (painter)
    See also Bernard Cohen for other people by this name.Bernard Cohen is a British artist. Ten of his works are in the permanent collection of the Tate Gallery. He was born in London in 1933 and came to prominence during the 1960s...

  • John Aiken (2000)
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