The Slade Professorship of Fine Art at Cambridge was founded in 1869 as the result of a bequest from the art collector Felix Slade (1788-1868). At the same time, similar chairs were founded in the Universities of Oxford and London. Originally Slade Professors were elected, and sometimes re-elected, for three-year terms. In 1961 the practice changed and since then visiting Slade Professors have been elected on an annual basis. Holders of the Chair usually deliver eight public lectures and four classes for students in the department during the Lent Term of their year in office. The Slade Professorship of Fine Art has been held by many of the most distinguished historians of art and architecture from around the world.
For the academic year 2015-16 the department welcomes Professor John Bowlt, from University of Southern California, as Slade Professor of Fine Art.
Professor John Bowlt's Slade lectures will be entitled 'A Cycle of Lectures on Russian Art of the Early 20th Century' and will be delivered during michaelmas term 2015. For more details please see the 'News' 'Events' sections.