Susanna Avery-Quash

Senior Research Curator (History of Collecting) – National Gallery, London

Dr. Susanna Avery-Quash, F.S.A. (Fellow of Society of Antiquaries of London) is Senior Research Curator (History of Collecting) at the National Gallery, London. She is in charge of the pre-1900 objects in the Gallery’s History Collection and is responsible for activities associated with the Gallery’s research strand “Buying, Collecting and Display”. Her research and publications focus on important private and public art collections, especially the National Gallery, trends in artistic taste, and the historic art market. She has published extensively on Sir Charles Eastlake, first Director of the National Gallery (e.g. with Prof Julie Sheldon, “Art for the Nation: The Eastlakes and the Victorian Art World“, in 2011), and has curated two exhibitions about Eastlake. She works with a range of institutions, running collaborative projects, including co-supervising Ph.D. students and teaching on the Gallery’s MA course on the History of Collecting & the Art Market (which she established with the University of Buckingham in 2016), and organising international conferences. Between 2010-16 she co-directed the ‘British Art Sales’ project with the Getty Research Institute which compiled data from historic British auctions, 1680-1820. Susanna did her first degree in modern languages at the University of Cambridge, followed by a diploma at the Courtauld Institute of Art, and a Ph.D. back at Cambridge. Her association with the National Gallery started in 1998: before her present post, she was an Assistant Curator, Eastlake Fellow, and Research Curator.

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