1 How did you get your start?
I left my job at an auction house just a few weeks into the very first lockdown, so had little choice but to use what I had learned from that – much sooner than I had ever expected!
2 What is your next event?
The Open Art Fair in Duke of York Square from April 19-23, where I’ll be showing a range of more figurative pieces than my usual topographical remit; followed by London Art Week, where I’ll be presenting a catalogue on the theme of ‘Travel’, with works from the early 17th century to the end of the 19th century.
3 What is one great discovery you have made?
One I am particularly proud of was an extremely rare botanical drawing by the English artist Alexander Marshal (c.1620-82): it was one of fewer than 10 sheets by the artist in private hands, unseen since the 18th century, and was totally uncatalogued when it came to auction in Paris. I am indebted to the two academics who helped me identify it, though!
4 What is one item you couldn’t do without?
A Swiss Army Knife - getting past the frame to the verso of drawings, which usually hasn’t been examined for decades, can yield a remarkable amount of information right away.
5 What is the best fictional depiction of the art world in the media?
It may not quite qualify, but Peter Ustinov’s brilliant impression of a Dutch art historian, who discovers an unpublished Pieter de Hooch in a ducal house, is one of the most accurate spoofs of the art world that has ever been conceived.
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