Robin Simon is Editor of The British Art Journal and Honorary Professor of English, University College London. He has published and lectured extensively on the relationship between art, music, literature and the theatre. In 2013 he was Paul Mellon Lecturer in British Art at the National Gallery, London, and Yale University talking about ‘Painters and Players from Hogarth to Olivier’. He works with singers, musician and actors on specially commissioned entertainments which include ‘Ruling Passions: Music and Monarchy’ for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee (Villa Decius, Cracow, 2002) and ‘Hogarth versus Handel’ with Emma Kirkby, Anthony Rolfe Johnson and the Academy of St Martin’s in the Fields (Middle Temple, London, 2000). Recent books include Richard Wilson and the Transformation of European Landscape Painting (2014) and Hogarth, France and British Art: The rise of the arts in eighteenth-century Britain (2007). He is currently writing a new history of the Royal Academy of Arts to be published in 2017.