Will Vaughan studied Fine Art at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford. He subsequently studied History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. He has worked as a curator at Tate Britain, and taught History of Art at the University of London (UCL and Birkbeck College). He is now Professor Emeritus of History of Art at Birkbeck College.
He has published widely on the history of art (as William Vaughan), particularly in the area of Romanticism. He has curated numerous exhibitions, his most recent being Samuel Palmer, Vision and Landscape (British Museum 2005). He published a monograph on Palmer in 2015 (Yale University Press).
While active as an art historian, Will has continued painting and drawing. In the last ten years he has specialized in producing prints, particularly etchings. He frequently depicts scenes in and around Castle Cary, the town in Somerset where he lives. He has exhibited regularly at The Bath Society of Artists, The Royal West of England Academy (Bristol), The New English Art Club (London) and the Royal Society of British Artists (London). He is currently Chair of the Bruton Art Society.