James Stourton graduated from Cambridge Art History Faculty in 1979 and joined Sotheby’s Old Master paintings department. Over the next thirty years he organised many famous sales and became Chairman of Sotheby’s UK in 2007 – a position he held until recently.
Alongside his Sotheby’s career James developed an academic interest in Patronage and Collecting, publishing many articles for Apollo, Country Life, the Independent, the Spectator and The Times as well as lecturing to The Art Fund, Cambridge Art History Faculty and Sotheby’s Institute. He has published six books including Great Collectors of Our Time: Art Collecting since 1945; The British as Art Collectors (with Charles Sebag-Montefiore); Great Houses of London; and Kenneth Clark: Life, Art and Civilisation.
Today he sits on the Panel of the Heritage Memorial Fund and also the Acceptance in Lieu Panel.