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Dr Ciarán Rua O'Neill MA, MPhil, PhD

Dr Ciarán Rua O'Neill, MA, MPhil, PhD

Teaching Associate


Ciarán completed his PhD at the University of York’s Department of History of Art in 2018, having previously undertaken an MA at the Courtauld Institute of Art and an MPhil at Trinity College Dublin. His PhD research was focused on the caryatid in British sculpture, architecture and painting in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. During his PhD, he acted as a Curatorial Research Assistant at Leighton House Museum and since completing his thesis, he has been a Teaching Fellow in 18th and 19th Century European Art in the History of Art department of UCL. He is currently working on a monograph based on his PhD research.

Research Interests

Ciarán’s research interests include the classical tradition and the reception of antiquity in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, as well as interrelationships among sculpture, architecture, and painting, and theories of aesthetics in art and architectural practice, in the same period.

Key Publications

‘Column Bodies: The Caryatid and Frederic Leighton’s Royal Academy Sketchbooks,’ Sculpture Journal 25, no. 3 (2016), pp. 421-432