Richard Theodore Titlebaum (January 26, 1939 in Boston – 2006) was a writer, artist, antiquarian book collector and literature professor. He attended Boston Latin School, and received a B.A.(1960) and M.A. from Harvard. In 1969, he received a doctorate in English literature from Harvard University. He taught literature at Harvard, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Haifa and the University of the Witwatersrand. In 1976, he decided to devote himself full-time to painting. He participated in over 300 art events in 27 states and won 48 awards. Some of Titlebaum's works were done in Surrealistic styles, often with Old Testament religious motifs. He was especially interested in Middle Eastern history and the Jewish Revolts. Many of his large paintings, done in the Physique style, were donated to the Leslie Lohman Gay Art Foundation on his death and may be viewed on their website. At the end of his life, most of his work was religious in subject matter. His paintings are in the Fogg Art Museum, the Permanent Collection of the Leslie-Lohman Gay Art Foundation in New York City, Liberty University, and the Miami City Hall.
Titlebaum died October 9, 2006 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
His Harvard thesis, completed in 1969 but published only in 1987, is entitled: Three Victorian Views of the Italian Renaissance: John Ruskin, Walter Pater and John Addington Symonds.
- Richard Titlebaum's Archive, administered by Anita Baker-Blocker, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
- Tom Neely, Executor of Richard Titlebaum's estate.