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Contact Details

Oliver Fairclough
National Museum Cardiff

Cathays Park
CF10 3NP

Phone: +44 (0)29 2057 3236

Staff Name

Oliver Fairclough

Job Title

Honorary Research Fellow (Art)

Areas of Responsibility:

Formerly Keeper of Art, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales (1998-2015)

Qualifications, memberships and relevant positions

BA Modern History  (Oxford), MA History (Keele). Associateship of the Museums Association. Trustee and Chair, The French Porcelain Society. Trustee, Arts Alive Wales. Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. Committee member, Llanthony Valley History Group. Member, Monmouth Diocesan Advisory Committee.

Research Interests

Artists, makers, collectors and patrons in Wales from 1500, especially Richard Wilson, William Goscombe John, David Jones and Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn (1749-89); British landscape painting, especially artists working in Wales; British and European ceramics, especially Swansea and Nantgarw , and the French porcelain for the British market; and British silver.


Painting, sculpture, applied art, design, ceramics, silver, collections, patronage.

Selected Publications

Renton, A., Fairclough, O. and Conroy, R. (in prep.). Welsh Pottery and Porcelain 1764-1922. Cardiff, National Museum of Wales.

Fairclough, O. (in prep) A Peculiar Beauty: The Llanthony Valley, The Landmark Trust, London.

‘Richard Wilson Revisited’, Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion / Trafodion Anrhydedd Gymdeithas y Cymmrodorion, 22, 2016, 61-76

 ‘Wilfred de Winton: Church and China in Edwardian Wales, Brycheiniog, XLVIII, 2016, 71-90

‘Thomas Morgan: Selling French Porcelain in London’, The French Porcelain Society Journal, V, 2015, 197-211

Fairclough, O. 2015. Contributor to P. W. Jones and I. Hitchman, Post-War to Modern: A Dictionary of Artists in Wales. Gomer, Llandysul.

Fairclough, O. 2014. An artist in his own country: Richard Wilson and Wales. In M. Postle and R. Simon (eds), Richard Wilson and the Transformation of European Landscape Painting. Yale University Press, London and New Haven.

Barringer, T. & Fairclough, O. 2014. Pastures Green & Dark Satanic Mills: The British Passion for Landscape. American Federation of Arts, New York.

Fairclough, O. (ed.) 2011.

Companion Guide to the Welsh National Museum of Art.
Cardiff, National Museum of Wales.  (contributing authors: A. Pritchard, A. Renton, M. Munro).

Fairclough, O. (ed.) 2011. A Companion Guide to the Welsh National Museum of Art. National Museum of Wales, Cardiff.

W. J. Grant-Davidson, The Pottery of South Wales, Mackie, 2010

Fairclough, O. 2010. Biblical imagery in private and public spaces in Wales (1850-1930). In M. O’Kane and J. Morgan Guy (eds), Biblical Art from Wales, Sheffield Phoenix Press, 291-303.

Fairclough, O. & Dawkes, B. 2009. Turner to Cézanne: Masterpieces from the Davies Collection, American Federation of Arts, New York.

Fairclough, O. (ed.) 2007. Things of Beauty’: What Two Sisters did for Wales, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff.