Morna O’Neill

photo credit: Joel Elliot, National Humanities Center

Morna E. O’Neill
Associate Professor
Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century European Art
(336) 758-3925
Office: Scales Fine Arts Center 110D
Research Website


Morna O’Neill (University of Notre Dame, B.A.; Yale, Ph.D.) teaches courses in eighteenth and nineteenth-century European art and the history of photography. Her research addresses the conjunction of art, design, and politics in European art at the end of the nineteenth century. She first addresses these concerns in the work in her book Walter Crane: The Arts and Crafts, Painting, and Politics, 1875-1890 (Yale University Press, 2011), which won the Historians of British Art Book Prize for 2012. She was curator of the exhibition ‘Art and Labour’s Cause is One:’ Walter Crane and Manchester, 1880-1915 (Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester, August 2008-June 2009) and author of the exhibition catalogue (Whitworth Art Gallery, 2008). Other research projects include the display of decorative arts at international exhibitions (1889-1911) and the work of the art dealer Hugh Lane (1875-1915). She is the co-editor, with Michael Hatt (University of Warwick), of The Edwardian Sense: Art, Design, and Performance in Britain, 1901-1910 (Yale University Press, 2010). Professor O’Neill has received fellowships from the National Humanities Center, Frick Collection and Art Reference Library, the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, and the Huntington Library.

Selected Publications

Hugh Lane, Inventor of the Global Art Market (in preparation)

• “Colonial Nationalism and Closer Union: Hugh Lane in South Africa,” in The Art of Transculturation, 1770-1930, ed. Julie Codell (Ashgate, 2012), 243-259.

• “Decorative Politics and Direct Pictures: Hugh Lane and the Global Art Market, 1900-1915,” in The Rise of the Modern Art Market, ed. Anne Helmreich and Pamela Fletcher (University of Manchester Press, 2012), 174-194.

Walter Crane: The Arts and Crafts, Painting, and Politics, 1875-1890, Yale University Press, 2010, 320 pages.

• “Introduction” and “A Political Theory of Decoration,” in The Edwardian Sense: Art, Design, and Performance in Britain, 1901-1910, ed. Morna O’Neill and Michael Hatt (Yale University Press, 2010), 1-11; 285-309.

• “Paintings from Nowhere: Walter Crane, Socialism, and the Aesthetic Interior,” in The Aesthetic Interior: Neo-Gothic, Aesthetic, Arts and Crafts, ed. Imogen Hart and Jason Edwards (Ashgate, 2010), 148-167.

“Art and Labour’s Cause is One:” Walter Crane and Manchester, 1880-1915, exhibition catalogue, Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester, 2008, 141 pages.

• “Walter Crane’s Floral Fantasy: The Garden in Arts and Crafts Politics,” Garden History 36:2 (Winter 2008), 289-300.

• “Rhetorics of Display: Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau at Turin, 1902,” Journal of Design History 20/3 (Autumn 2007), 205-225.

• “Pandora’s Box: Walter Crane, ‘The Sphinx-Riddle,’ and the Politics of Decoration,” Victorian Literature and Culture 35/2 (Fall 2007), 309-326.


ART. 103. History of Western Art
ART 273. Eighteenth-Century European Art: The Birth of the Modern World
ART 281. Nineteenth-Century European Art: From Enlightenment to Abstraction
ART 259. The History of Photography
ART 394. Issues in Art History
ART 351. Topics in Gender and Art
ART 396m. The Art Museum and its Histories
FYS 100. Impressionism