William Welsh Rough

William Welsh Rough


  • KY16 9AJ

    United Kingdom

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Personal profile

Research overview

With a focus on the relationship between British art and the theatre in the long-nineteenth century, Dr Rough also has an interest in 19th century printmaking. He has published widely on his research including essays for Tate Britain's 'Walter Sickert' exhibition catalogue (2022), The British Art Journal, The Journal of the Scottish Society for Art History, Tate Britain’s Camden Town Group in Context Research Project, and the Tate: In Focus series.


Dr Rough also delivered talks on his research at Tate Britain, Mansfield College, Oxford, the National Galleries of Scotland, Dundee’s Orchar Gallery and the Birmingham and Midlands Institute.


In 2013 he developed the Orchar Collection: Prints project - a website generously supported by the AHRC Cultural Engagement Fund: James Guthrie Orchar – The Orchar Collection: Prints (st-andrews.ac.uk)


Dr Rough welcomes enquiries from potential postgraduate students with interests in nineteenth- and twentieth-century art and theatre, and the history of etching in Britain in the 19th century.


Dr Rough graduated with a PhD in Art History from the University of St Andrews in 2010 and a Postgraduate Diploma in Museum and Gallery Studies in 2016.


He has been employed teaching on the MA Combined Studies Course (formerly the Evening Degree programme) at St Andrews since 2001.


Between 2002 and 2004 he was employed as a Lecturer in Art History at Dundee College of Further Education. In the Museum Sector, he has also been employed as Learning and Engagement Officer with HMS Unicorn in Dundee between 2015 and 2018, before appointment as Operations Manager with HMS Unicorn between 2018 and 2021.

Teaching activity

Dr Rough is the MA Combined Studies Co-ordinator for the School. This includes managing the delivering of the following modules:


AH1901: Western Art from the Renaissance to the Baroque

AH2901: Art in the Modern Period


Dr Rough also delivers the following MA Combined Studies modules:

AH3901: Walter Richard Sickert and European Art, c.1880-c.1940

AH3902: City, Country, and Society in Nineteenth Century French Art

AH3904: From Hogarth to Sickert: British Painting and the Theatre, 1740- 1930 

AH3905: ‘No day without a line’: The Etching Revival in Britain: 1830-1930

Profile Keywords

British Art of the long nineteenth century; British theatre including music hall; the works of Walter Sickert; etching revival and printmaking in the 19th century.

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