Event: Exclusive Members-only tour of the exhibition ‘Charles I: King and Collector’ at the Royal Academy, led by Curator Per Rumberg.
Date and Time: Friday 16 February 2018 at 9am
Venue: The Royal Academy
Event: Tour of the British Museum Exhibition on ‘The Business of Prints’ led by Prof. Antony Griffiths
Date and Time: Friday 19 January 2018 at 5.30pm
Venue: British Museum
New York:
3 January 2018: Curatorial walk-through with Dr. Jennifer Tonkovich, Eugene and Clare Thaw Curator of Drawings and Prints, of the acclaimed exhibition: Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection, to take place in the galleries of The Morgan Library & Museum after public hours on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 5:30pm
Event: Advent Party: Viewing of a Cribbage Collection
Date and Time: Friday 1 December 2017, 6-10pm
Venue: Shardeloes, Amersham
New York:
11 December 2017: Curatorial walk-through with Dita Amory, Curator-in-Charge, and Alison Nogueira, Associate Curator, of the Robert Lehman Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the organizers of Leonardo to Matisse: Master Drawings from the Robert Lehman Collection, to be held on Monday, December 11, 2017 at 10:30am
JULY 2017:
Event: Book launch of Pauline Prévost Marcilhacy’s 3 volume work, Les Rothschild: Une dynastie de Mécènes en France (Louvre, Paris, 2016): talk by the author about the Rothschild Collections in French Museums, followed by a drinks reception
Date and Time: Monday 10 July 2017, 6-8pm
Venue: Rothschild Bank, New Court, St Swithin’s Ln, London EC4N 8AL
MARCH 2017
Event:  Seminar: Network Research for art historians: why and how it is important
Date & Time: Friday 3 March 2017, 3-7pm
3-4pm: Presentation by Koen Brosens
4-4.30pm: Response by Mark Westgarth
4.30-6pm: Discussion and workshop
6-7pm: Informal reception and drinks
Venue: Institute of Historical Research, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU
Cost: £10 (full price); free for students
Payment by bank transfer, cheque, or cash at the door.
Booking essential at: events.sochistcoll@gmail.com

Practical Details:
Host: Prof. Koenraad (Koen) Brossens.
Respondent: Dr. Mark Westgarth, University of Leeds

In 2009 Prof. Koen Brosens was appointed Research Professor in the History of Art Department at the KU Leuven, where he teaches European Tapestry, Art & Economics, Costume & Fashion, and 19th-century European Art. As a Research and Teaching Assistant at KULeuven (1998-2003) and a Postdoctoral Fellow of the Flemish Fund for Scientific Research-Belgium (FWO Vlaanderen) (2003-2009), he focused on entrepreneurial strategies devised by early modern European tapestry producers.

For more information about his research project see http://maptap.be/

Dr. Mark Westgarth, Lecturer, Art History & Museum Studies BA Leeds, PGCHE Salford, MA Leeds, PhD Southampton. His PhD investigated the Emergence of the Antique and Curiosity Dealer in the first half of the nineteenth century. His research interests focus on the history and theory of museums and the history of the art market and histories of collecting, especially in relation to the agency of the antique and curiosity dealer in the 19th and 20th centuries. Dr. Westgarth led the research project, Antique Dealers: the British Antique Trade in the 20th Century, a cultural geography which seeks to map, contextualize and critically analyse the antiques trade as it has evolved and developed in Britain in the 20th century.


Event: Guided tour of the National Gallery by Susanna Avery-Quash round the collections associated with both John Julius Angerstein (38 of whose Old Master paintings were purchased in 1824 by Lord Liverpool’s government as the nucleus of a national collection) and Sir Charles Eastlake (the National Gallery’s first Director, 1855-65). We will start in the Library and then go up to the main floor galleries, exploring together relevant primary documentary sources and some important paintings associated with both men.

Practical Details:
Host: Dr Susanna Avery-Quash, Senior Research Curator (History of Collecting), National Gallery 
Date & Time: Friday 20 January 2017, 6-8pm
Venue: Meet inside the Staff (West) Entrance of the National Gallery

Event:  Private guided tour round Strawberry Hill House by its curator, who will share her recent research into Horace Walpole as a collector and creator of Strawberry Hill as well as telling us more about the forthcoming exhibition of the Walpole Collection at the house in 2018 and some of the planned events associated with it.

 Practical Details:
Host:  Dr Silvia Davoli, Curator at Strawberry Hill House (the Horace Walpole Collection
Date & Time: Saturday 19 November, 10:30am-12.30pm
Venue: Strawberry Hill House, 268 Waldegrave Road, Twickenham, TW1 4S 
Event:  A private visit to the library of Charles Sebag-Montefiore.

Over many decades Charles has built up what is arguably the country’s most important private collection of books and manuscripts relating to the history of collecting and patronage from King Charles I onwards. He will guide us through some of its highlights and show catalogues of private collections of paintings, drawings, sculpture and works of art, auction catalogues and related manuscript material. Along the way he will tell us more about how his passion for collecting started and about some of adventures he has had along the way!

The number of visitors has to be limited to 15 on each evening: please state which evening you prefer and whether you are available on both dates.
Practical Details:
Host: Charles Sebag-Montefiore
Date & Time: Monday 17 October 2016, 6.00-7.30pm & Monday 24 October 2016, 6.00- 7.30pm
Venue: SW, London