Nicholas Robbins

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Nineteenth-Century Art

Nicholas Robbins studies art and visual culture in nineteenth-century Europe and North America. His research centers on landscape, environmental history, photography, and the history of science. His dissertation, “Oceans of Air: Landscape and Climate in the Atlantic World, 1784-1884,” examines the cultural and aesthetic history of climate within the context of transatlantic industrial and colonial landscapes. Research for this project has been supported by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, and the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies.

He received his B.A. from Yale University (2010) and worked as a curatorial assistant at the Whitney Museum of American Art (2011-2014). In 2018 he co-curated the exhibition “Picturesque and Sublime: Thomas Cole’s Trans-Atlantic Inheritance” at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site and co-authored the accompanying catalogue. His writing has appeared in exhibition catalogues published by the Whitney, the New Museum, and the Yale Center for British Art.