Billy Rough’s research focuses on the relationship between British art and the theatre in the long-nineteenth century. He also has an interest in 19th century printmaking. He has published widely on his research including essays for Tate Britain’s ‘Walter Sickert’ exhibition catalogue (2022), The British Art Journal, The Journal of the Scottish Society for Art History, Tate Britain’s ‘Camden Town Group in Context’ Research Project, and the Tate: In Focus series.
Dr Rough has also delivered talks on his research at Tate Britain, Mansfield College, Oxford, the National Galleries of Scotland, Dundee’s Orchar Gallery and the Birmingham and Midlands Institute.
In 2013 he developed the Orchar Collection: Prints project – a website generously supported by the AHRC Cultural Engagement Fund: James Guthrie Orchar – The Orchar Collection: Prints (st-andrews.ac.uk)