Collections in the Barr Smith and other libraries
The Barr Smith Library holds a more than adequate collection of books,
journals and reference tools on art, but for in-depth research it may be
necessary to consult the libraries of Adelaide's other two universities,
Flinders and University of South Australia (City West campus), both of
which have very good art collections. UofA students may borrow from the other two university libraries.The State Library also often holds
Journals not held by the BSL can be located on the database
in Australian Libraries (SIAL),
where any location beginning with an S is a South Australian location.
The Library of
the Art Gallery of South Australia should be consulted as a last
The Victorian Web, especially
the section The Arts
in Victorian Britain
Links to Pre-Raphaelite
Critic: Contemporary Criticism of the Pre-Raphaelites from 1849-1900
Pre-Raphaelite Online Resource, fronm the Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery.
'Pre-Raphaelite Arts : Aesthetic and Social Experiment in the 1860s' by Elizabeth Helsinger, Professor of English and Art History at the University of Chicago. Originally published in vol.5 (1998) of 'Ideas', is based on a lecture Professor Helsinger presented to the National Humanities Center in 1997. The essay discusses the work of William Morris and Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the social experiment that led to the establishment of the Pre-Raphaelite movement.
ArtMagick is a non-profit virtual
art gallery displaying paintings and poetry
from art movements of the 19th and 20th centuries (for example, Romantic,
Symbolist, Pre-Raphaelite and Art Nouveau). The site places an emphasis
on displaying works of art by artists who have been forgotten or
neglected in recent years.
page of Bob Speel
This page is dedicated mainly to 19th century art, especially Pre-Raphaelites
and illustration, but more broadly Victorian and Edwardian paintings, sculpture,
architecture and other arts.
The 19th century section of
Art History Resources on the web, Chris Witcome's excellent guide from
Sweet Briar College.
Intute: Visual arts
Camile Paglia on pre-Raphaelite
Websites for specific artists
Morris and His Circle
Galleries and Images
Digital library of more than one million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences with a suite of software tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes. Contributions from outstanding museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists' estates.
Pre-Raphaelite Online Resource, fronm the Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery.
Encyclopaedias and dictionaries
Oxford art online
Dictionary of art. 1996. 34 volumes. (Grove)
Includes full texts of:
Grove dictionary of art (1996, 34 vols.)
Oxford companion to western art,
Encyclopedia of aesthetics,
Concise Oxford dictionary of art terms
Reference collection 703 T948d
Encyclopedia of world art. 15 volumes. 1958.
Reference collection 703 E56
Oxford dictionary of art. 2nd ed. 1997.
Reference collection 703 C538o.2
Oxford illustrated encyclopedia of the arts. 1990.
Reference collection 703 N892o
Thames and Hudson encyclopaedia of the arts. 1966.
Reference collection 703 T366
Dictionary of British women artists, Sara Gray, 2009
Main collection 700.82 G782d
Thames and Hudson encycloppedia of British art ed. D. Bindman.
Reference collection 709.4103 T366
Victorian painters and painting
Nineteenth century painters and painting: a dictionary.
Reference collection 759.03 N842n
Wood, Christopher The dictionary of Victorian painters,
Reference collection 759.2 W874d
Mallalieu, Huon The dictionary of British water colour artists
up to 1920,
2 vols. 1976-79
Reference collection 759.203 M252d
Victorian artist : artists' lifewritings in Britain, ca. 1870-1910, J. F. Codell, 2003
Main collection 709.41 C669v
History of the Victorian period
Cambridge companion to Victorian culture, ed. Francis O'Gorman, 2010
Victorian Britain : an encyclopedia, ed. Sally Mitchell
Reference collection 941.08103 M682v
The 1890s : an encyclopedia of British literature, art, and culture,
ed. G.A. Cevasco 1993
Reference collection 941.081 C424e
The encyclopedia of the Victorian world : a reader's companion to
the people, places, events, and everyday life of the Victorian era,
ed. Melinda Corey and George Ochoa 1996.
Reference collection 941.08103 C797e
Artwords: a glossary of contemporary art theory. 1997.
Reference collection 703 P298a
Dictionary of art terms and techniques. 1969.
Reference collection 703 M468
Thames and Hudson dictionary of art terms. 1984.
Reference collection 703 L937t
Symbols and Iconography
Encyclopedia of comparative iconography - themes depicted in works of art, ed. H. E. Roberts. 2 vols 1998
Very good - longer articles with bibliographies.
Reference collection 704.903 R6442
Dictionary of symbols in art : the illustrated key to Western painting and sculpture.
Sarah Carr-Gomm, 2000
Reference Collection 704.94603 C312d
Dictionary of subjects and symbols in art, James Hall, 2nd. ed. 2008
Reference collection 704.94 H177d.2
Encyclopaedia of themes and subjects in painting. 1971.
Reference collection 750.3 D184
The complete dictionary of symbols in myth, art and literature, ed. Jack Tresidder, 2004.
Reference collection 704.94603 T798c
Continuum encyclopedia of animal symbolism in art, Hope B. Werness 2004
Reference collection 398.369 W494c
Dictionary of women artists. 2 volumes. 1997.
Reference collection 709.2203 G289d
Dictionary of women artists: an international dictionary of women
artists born before 1900. 1985.
Reference collection 709.2203 P499d
Women artists in history. 2nd ed. 1990.
Reference collection 704.042 S631w
Finding journal articles:
Indexes, Databases and Bibliographies
Art abstracts has been replaced by Art and Architecture Complete, which links to more full text:
Art index. 1929/32-1998
Comprehensive bibliographic database that provides cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts for more than 730 academic journals, magazines and trade publications with full text for over 330 periodicals and 215 books, as well as selective coverage for over 70 publications, and an Image Collection of over 64,000 images provided by Picture Desk and others.
Reference collection 705 A778
Artbibliographies modern. 1969-
State Library (1969-1987) and University of South Australia Library
A comprehensive coverage of art and design of the 19th
and 20th centuries.
BHA: bibliography of the history of art. 1991-1995.
Reference collection 705 R425.2
Covers the current literature of European art and of
American art; and of art anywhere in the world that reflects contact with
the Western tradition. The material is arranged within broad periods
by topic then by country. Use the Subject Index to locate all articles
on an individual artist or specific theme.
Online access to BHA provided by the Getty Museum
Interdisciplinary indexes and databases
20 million peer-reviewed, articles, a large proportion of which are full-text from more than 8000 journals, including many art journals.
Academic Search Premier
Full text for over 4000 of the 8000 journals aross all subject areas, including art.
JSTOR includes full text of older issues of journals, including:
Art Bulletin, Art Journal, Burlington Magazine Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism
Periodicals index online
A database of millions of article citations published in the arts, humanities and social sciences, across more than 300 years.
Links to full text in PAO Periodicals archive online
An archive of hundreds of digitised journals published in the arts, humanities and social sciences.
This is a useful source for finding contemporary articles about art in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Many of the older journals are held either in the BSL or State Library - check catalogues.
Project Muse full text of nearly 250 quality journal titles from 40 scholarly publishers covering the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies etc etc.
Not a great number of explicitly art titles but some useful ones such as:
Modernism/modernity (1994-), Leonardo (2001-), Victorian studies 1999-
Bibliography of British and Irish history online
Historical abstracts with fulltext
Journal articles from History journals covering 1450-
Times Digital Archive is avaialbe via the State Library and the National Library of Australia.
The BSL hold a large number of newspapers on microfilm. They are in
the catalogue and also listed in Newspapers
in the Barr Smith Library: a finding list
Subject headings to search in the catalogue
Painting, Modern -- 19th century -- Great Britain
Arts, Modern -- 19th century -- England.
Grotesque in art
Feminism and art -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century
Women in art
Gothic revival (Art)
Art and society -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century
Great Britain -- History -- Victoria, 1837-1901.
Great Britain -- Civilization -- 19th century
RESOURCES NOT IN BSL
The following licensed e-resources are availabe to you via the National Library of Australia.
You need to register and a library card and number will be posted to you in 7-10 days.
Nineteenth century UK periodicals:
For the over 180 periodicals currently available, every front page, editorial, article, poem, recipe, advertisement and classified ad that appeared within their pages for the time period available is accessible. Users of the database will be able to search every word on every page. To be released in 5 series, the National Library currently has access to Series 1: New Readerships: Women's, Children's, Humour and Leisure/Sport, and Series 2: Empire: Travel and Anthropology, Economics, Missionary and Colonial.
Times digital archive 1785-1985
The entire newspaper is captured, with all articles, advertisements and illustrations/photos divided into categories to facilitate searching.
This is also available via the State Library of South Australia