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Sam Smiles is Associate Professor, Art History & Visual Culture, University of Exeter and Emeritus Professor of Art History, University of Plymouth. He has written extensively on British art, c. 1750-1950. His publications on image-making and antiquity include Envisioning the Past: Archaeology and the Image (Blackwell, 2005; co-editor); Eye Witness: Artists and Visual Documentation in Britain 1770-1830 (Ashgate, 2000); The Image of Antiquity: Ancient Britain and the Romantic Imagination (Yale, 1994) and the exhibition Landscapes of Retrospection: The Magoon Collection of British Prints and Drawings 1739-1860 (The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, 1999; co-curator). He is currently principal curator for Late Turner: Painting Set Free (Tate Britain, 2014) and is completing a book on Turner's and others so-called 'late styles.'