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Yr Athro David Skilton MA (Cantab) MLitt (Cantab) FRSA FEA

Yr Athro David Skilton

MA (Cantab) MLitt (Cantab) FRSA FEA

Emeritus Professor

Adeilad John Percival , Rhodfa Colum, Caerdydd, CF10 3EU






  • Skilton, D. 2011. Anthony Trollope quotes Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Presented at: The Trollopes : a Family of Writers in Tuscany : Papers from the International Conference, Bagni di Lucca, Italy, 23-24 October 2010 Presented at Bareham, T. ed.Anglistica Pisana (Papers from the International Conference, Bagni di Lucca), Vol. 7. Bagni di Lucca: ETS pp. 65-74.






  • Skilton, D. 2001. The construction of masculinities. In: Dever, C. and Niles, L. eds. The Cambridge Companion to Anthony Trollope. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp. 128-141.



  • Skilton, D. 1986. The Trollope reader?. In: Hawthorn, J. ed. Nineteenth-Century British Novel. Edward Arnold, pp. 143-156.
  • Skilton, D. 1986. The Trollope reader. In: Hawthorn, J. ed. Nineteenth-Century British Novel. Stratford-upon-Avon Studies Edward Arnold, pp. 143-156.


I have several complementary strands to my current research:

  • illustration, and in particular meaning production by words and images working together in the privileged environment of an illustrated work of literature
  • the development of digital tools for the processing of bimedial texts
  • anticipated ruins: vision of London in ruins in the future.

My principal research interests have been Victorian, and I am best known for work on fiction, especially Anthony Trollope, for whose collected novels, published by the Trollope Society in forty-eight volumes, I was general editor.

In recent years I have worked on the art and literature of London, with particular emphasis on modes of urban vision and the multiplicity of urban narratives. I am preparing a book on visions of London in ruins. The other main strand of my research is in illustration and illustrated texts, and I am one of the founding editors of the Journal of Illustration Studies, which is a peer-reviewed, electronic journal devoted to the systematic study of literary illustration as a discipline in its own right, having its own subject-matter and its own critical and scholarly methods. I was co-investigator in the AHRC-funded project, A Database of Mid-Victorian Wood-Engraved Illustration (DMVI), and held an AHRC grant for a series of illustration workshops run in conjunction with the Victoria and Albert Museum under the title “Literary Illustration: Conservation, Access, Use” (LICAU).

I am currently collaborating on the development of digital tools and digital research platforms capable of processing text and image together.

Research interests

  • illustration studies
  • Victorian literature
  • nineteenth-century illustrated texts
  • Anthony Trollope
  • Gustave Doré
  • the art and literature of London
  • digital humanities
  • the Capture, curation and processing of bimedial texts