I’m an art historian and picture dealer, with a love of everything up to 1830 and much afterwards. This site will be a place to discuss my paintings that I’m working on at the moment, and to think out-loud about random bits of history and art history that have grabbed me.
I originally read classics and then ancient and modern history at Christ Church, Oxford. Studying the Early Renaissance in Florence led me to Art History, and I took a Master’s in the Italian Baroque at the Courtauld Institute. My first practical experience of the art market was portering at Bonhams. I then joined the publishing department of the National Gallery, London. This was a fascinating exposure to work behind the scenes at a great museum. I had the privilege of working with Philip Mould at Historical Portraits for six extremely enjoyable years before leaving in 2005 as Associate Director of Research to set up on my own as a dealer and researcher.
My publications include The Shannon Portrait of The Hon. Robert Boyle in On the Boyle No.4 January 2001, catalogue entries for The Stuart Portrait Status and Legacy (ed. Prof. Edward Chaney and Godfrey Worsdale, Southampton City Museum and Art Gallery 2001) and contributions on British portraiture to The Affordable Face the annual catalogue of Steigrad Fine Art, New York.