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Courtauld alumni of all generations have gone on to find remarkable success in any number of fields.  From their successes as museum directors, curators, academics and conservators, as well as lawyers, publishers, journalists, musicians, politicians and teachers, our graduates are proof that a Courtauld degree is excellent preparation for the future.

While the success stories of alumni could fill a book, examples of some of our most distinguished graduates are listed below.

Selected List of Alumni of the Courtauld Institute of Art

Critics and presenters

Gabriel Coxhead, Journalist, critic and curator

distinguished alumni Andrew Graham Dixon

Andrew Graham-Dixon, Art critic and presenter

Nick Hackworth, Art critic and founder, Paradise Row

Tim Marlow, Presenter and Artistic Director, Royal Academy of Art

Brian Sewell
Brian Sewell, Art critic (1931-2015)

Alastair Sooke
Alastair Sooke, Art critic and presenter

Dealers and gallerists

Brian Allen, Chairman, Hazlitt Gooden and Fox

Dany ArdouinHelly Nahmad

Dany Ardouin, Director, Helly Nahmad Gallery

John Austin, Director, Austin Desmond Fine Art

Charles Beddington, Director, Beddington Fine Art

Jack BellJack Bell Gallery logo

Jack Bell, Founder, Jack Bell Gallery

Kristine Bell

Kristine Bell, Director and Partner, Zwirner & Wirth

Josephine Breese and Henry Little, Directors, Breese Little Gallery

Sam Chatterton Dickson, Director, Lisson Gallery

Bona Colonna Montagu, Director, Skarstedt Gallery

Elizabeth Denny

Elizabeth Denny, Director, Denny Gallery

Emmanuel di Donna, Director, Blain | DiDonna

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Mira Dimitrova, Director, Robilant + Voena

Marc Domenech-Tomas, Owner, Galeria Marc Domenech

John Elderfield
John Elderfield, Chief Curator, Painting & Sculpture and Consultant, Gagosian Gallery

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Jeremy Epstein, Director, Edel Assanti Gallery

Romilly Eveleigh, Director, Regina Gallery

Paula Feldman Sankoff, Director & Head of Sales Department, Victoria Miro

Sam Fogg, Owner, Samuel Fogg Ltd

Michael GoedhuisMichael Goedhuis
Michael Goedhuis, Owner, Michael Goedhuis Limited

Cornelia Grassi, Director, Greengrassi

Beth Greenacre (left)
Beth Greenacre, Director, Rokeby Gallery

ANgus HaldaneHaldane Fine Art
Angus Haldane, Founder, Haldane Fine Art

Hauser and Wirth
Sara Harrison, Senior Director, Hauser & Wirth, London

James Hyman, Director, James Hyman Gallery

Gilbert Guy Lloyd (left)
Gilbert Guy Lloyd, Director, Marlborough Fine Art Ltd

Stuart Lochhead, Director, Daniel Katz Ltd

Alma Luxembourg
Alma Luxembourg, Partner, Luxembourg & Dayan

Patrick Matthiesen Mattheisen Fine Art
Patrick Matthiesen, Director, Matthiesen Fine Art Ltd

Lucy Mitchell-Inness
Lucy Mitchell-Inness, Director, Mitchell-Inness & Nash

Emmanuel Moatti, Founder, Moatti Masters Contemporary

Helly Nahmad
Helly Nahmad, Owner, Helly Nahmed Gallery

Flavia Ormond

Flavia Ormond, Owner/Director, Flavia Ormond Fine Arts

Tania Sutton, Director, Osborne Samuel

Lisson Gallery
Joanna Thornberry, Director, Lisson Gallery

Emily Tsingou, Owner, Emily Tsingou Fine Arts

Leslie WaddingtonWaddingtonGalleries
Leslie Waddington, Director, Waddington Galleries

Helen Waters, Director, Alan Cristea Gallery

Clovis Whitfield, Owner, Whitfield Fine Art Ltd

Max Wigram
Max Wigram, Director, Max Wigram Gallery

Artists and architects

Ron Bloore

Ron Bloore, Canadian abstract artist and teacher (1925-2009)

Jeremy Deller
Jeremy Deller, 2004 Turner Prize Winner; 2013 UK Representative, Venice Biennale

Giacomo Faludi, Architect (1899-1991)

Alan Halliday, Artist

Chris Kenny
Chris Kenny, Artist

Jeff Wall
Jeff Wall, Artist

Art historians and academics


Dawn Ades, Professor Emeritus, History & Theory of Art, University of Essex

Wendy Baron, Art Historian and Former Director, Government Art Collection

Kathy Battista sothebys
Kathy Battista, Program Director, Contemporary Art, Sotheby’s Institute, New York

Alan Bowness Tate Britiain
Alan Bowness, art critic, academic and former Director of Tate

Christopher Breward EdinburghCollegeofArt
Christopher Breward, Principal of Edinburgh College of Art & Vice Principal
Creative Industries and Performing Arts, University of Edinburgh

norman brysonUniofCaliforniaSanDiego
Norman Bryson, Professor of Visual Arts, University of California, San Diego

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Malcolm Bull, Professor of Art, Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford

Rafael Cardoso
Rafael Cardoso, Brazilian writer and art historian

Nigel CarringtonUAL London
Nigel Carrington, Vice Chancellor, University of the Arts London

Peter CherryTrinitycollegedublin
Peter Cherry, Lecturer & Head of Art History Department, Trinity College Dublin

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T J Clark, Professor Emeritus Modern Art, University of California, Berkeley

Robin Cormack, classicist and Byzantine art historian

David CottingtonKingstonUniversityNEWlog
David Cottington, Professor of Modern Art History, Kingston University, London

Ilia Doronchenkov
Ilia Doronchenkov, Dean, History of Art, European University at St. Petersburg

Tamar Garb
Tamar Garb, Durning Lawrence Professor of History of Art, University College London

Cesar Guillen Nunez, Research Fellow and Art Historian, Macau Ricci Institute

Jos Hackforth-Jonessothebys
Jos Hackforth-Jones, Director, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London

Mark Hallett
Mark Hallett, Director of Studies, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

Charles Hope, Art Historian and Former Director, Warburg Institute

Deborah HowardCambridge University
Deborah Howard, Professor Emerita Art History, University of Cambridge

Neil Jackson
Neil Jackson, Charles Reilly Professor of Architecture, University of Liverpool

Wu Jinding, Pre-eminent Chinese archaeologist (1901–1948)

Mark JonesOxford Univ
Mark Jones, Master of St Cross College, Oxford

Holger Kleincolumbia
Holger Klein, Department Chair and Professor of Art History, Columbia University

Edward Lilley
Edward Lilley, Senior Lecturer, University of Bristol (retired)

Marco Livingstone
Marco Livingstone, Art Historian and Curator

Lydia Matthews
Lydia Matthews, Professor of Visual Culture, The New School of Design

Andrew Morrall, Professor & Director of Doctoral Studies, Bard Graduate Center

John OniansUnivEastAnglia
John Onians, Professor Emeritus of World Art, University of East Anglia

John OsborneCarletonUni
John Osborne, Dean of Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Carleton University

Catherine Petitgas
Catherine Petitgas, Art Historian

Joachim Pissarro
Joachim Pissarro, Professor of Art History & Director of Galleries, Hunter College

Griselda Pollock, Art historian

Liz Prettejohn, Head of Department & Professor of History of Art, University of York

Lady Jane Roberts
Lady Jane Roberts, Former Print Room Curator & Royal Librarian, Windsor Castle

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Irit Rogoff, Professor of Visual Cultures, Goldsmith’s College, University of London

Mary Rozellsothebys
Mary Rozell, Director, Art Business Programme, Sotheby’s Institute, New York

Patricia Rubin
Patricia Rubin, Director, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

Magda Salvesen
Magda Salvesen, Adjunct Professor, NYU; Curator of the Jon Schueler Estate

A photograph of David Solkin
David Solkin, Dean and Deputy Director, Courtauld Institute of Art

Mary Anne Stevens, Art Historian and Curator

Ann Sutherland Harris
Ann Sutherland Harris, Professor of History of Art, University of Pittsburgh

Adriana Turpin IESA -The Institut d’Etudes Supérieures des Arts

Alister Warman, former Principal, Byam Shaw School of Art

Jonathan WoodhamUniversityofBrighton
Jonathan Woodham, Director,Centre for Research & Development, University of Brighton

Joyce Zemans, Director of MBA Arts and Media, York University, Toronto

Arts organisation directors


Noah Charney

Noah Charney, Editor in Chief, The Association for Research into Crimes against Art

Andrew Derrick
Andrew Derrick, Director, The Architectural History Practice


Emma Dexter, Director, Visual Arts, The British Council

Stephanie Dieckvoss
Stephanie Dieckvoss, Independent Arts Management Consultant and Lecturer at Central Saint Martins

Caroline DouglasCotemporaryartsociety
Caroline Douglas, Director, Contemporary Art Society

Heather Ewing
Heather Ewing, Executive Director, Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA), New York

Katya Garcia-Anton
Katya Garcia-Anton, Director, Office for Contemporary Art, Norway

Jonathan Foyle
Jonathan Foyle, CEO, World Monuments Fund Britain

RoseLee Goldberg, Art historian and founder of Performa

Noah Horowitz
Noah Horowitz, Director Americas, Art Basel, Miami

Belinda KiddBathFestivals

Belinda Kidd, Chief Executive, Bath Festivals

Ezra Konvitz
Ezra Konvitz, Co- Founder, ArtStack

Claire MarmionHavenartgroup
Claire Marmion, Owner, Haven Art Group

Chris PensaLoveArtLondon
Chris Pensa, Owner, Love Art London

Rebecca Davies
Rebecca Davies, Chief Executive, LAPADA (The Association of Art & Antique Dealers)

Stacy Tenenbaum Stark, Executive Director, Foundation for Contemporary Arts

Ruth Ur, Head of Arts and Development, British Council

Auction house professionals

Richard Aronowitz-Mercersothebys

Richard Aronowitz-Mercer, Head of Restitution, Sotheby’s London

Denise Bethel
Denise Bethel, Independent Art Advisor

Oliver Barkersothebys
Oliver Barker, Deputy Chairman, Europe; Senior International Specialist, Contemporary
Art, Sotheby’s

Alexander Brancziksothebys
Alexander Branczik, Senior Director, Head of Contemporary Art, Sotheby’s London

Laura Doyle
Laura Doyle, Doyle New York, Auctioneers and Appraisers

RM Smythe

Diana Herzog, President, RM Smythe

Alexander Kadersothebys
Alexander Kader, Director and Head of European Sculpture, Sotheby’s London

Michael Macaulaysothebys
Michael Macaulay, Vice President and Head of Evening Sale, Contemporary Art,
Sotheby’s New York

Clare McKeonClare Mckeon Designs
Clare McKeon, Founder, Clare McKeon Designs

Claude Pieningsothebys
Claude Piening, Senior Director, 19th Century European Paintings, Sotheby’s London

Christina Prescott-Walkersothebys
Christina Prescott-Walker, SVP & Department Director, Chinese Works of Art, Sotheby’s

Simon Shawsothebys
Simon Shaw, SVP and Head of Impressionist and Modern Art, Sotheby’s New York

David Silcoxsothebys
David Silcox, Vice-President & Chairman of Advisory Board, Sotheby’s Canada

Jonathan StoneChristies
Jonathan Stone, Managing Director & International business director, Christie’s Asia

Ralph TaylorBonhams
Ralph Taylor, European Head of Post-War and Contemporary Art, Bonham’s

Aleksandra Todorovicsothebys
Aleksandra Todorovic, Director/Head of Research, Impressionist & Modern, Sotheby’s

Juan VarezChristies
Juan Varez, Managing Director, Christie’s Spain

Business and law

Erica Bolton, Founding Partner, Bolton & Quinn

David Freud, Director, Freud Limited

Lorna Harrington
Lorna Harrington, Director, Barrett, Corp & Harrington Ltd

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Georgiana Head, Founding Director, Georgiana Head Recruitment


James McDonaugh, Owner, Art Tours Ltd

Daniel McCleanHowardKennedyLLP
Daniel McClean, Consultant, Howard Kennedy LLP

Martin Randalllogo_194-Logo-Martin-Randall
Martin Randall, Chief Executive, Martin Randall Travel Ltd

Calum Sutton
Calum Sutton, President and CEO, Calum Sutton PR

Conservation experts

Aviva BurnstockCourtauld logo
Aviva Burnstock, Head of Conservation and Technology, The Courtauld

Steven Gayler, Associate Conservator, Modern Art Conservation

Lynne Harrison, Senior Conservator, The British Museum

Narayan KhandekarHarvardartmuseum
Narayan Khandekar Director, Harvard University Art Museums

Thomas Learner
Thomas Learner, Head of Contemporary Art Research, Getty Conservation Institute

Sally Lescher, Founder & Fine Art Advisor, Conservation Management Ltd

Alison Lister
Alison Lister, Director and Principal Conservator, Textile Conservation Ltd

Ian McClureYaleUniartgallery
Ian McClure, Chief Conservator, Yale University Art Gallery

Ann-Marie Miller
Ann-Marie Miller, Book Conservator, Codex Conservation

Michael Alan Miller
Michael Alan Miller, Associate Conservator, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sophie PlenderNational portrait gallery
Sophie Plender, Senior Conservator, National Portrait Gallery & Dulwich Picture Gallery

National gallery of Scotland
Lesley Stevenson, Senior Paintings Conservator, National Galleries of Scotland

Katherine StonorTagerStonerRichardson
Katherine Stonor and Sharon Tager, Founders & Directors, Tager Stonor Richardson

Joyce TownsendTate Britain
Joyce Townsend, Senior Conservation Scientist, Tate

Rachel TurnbullEnglish Heritage Logo
Rachel Turnbull, Senior Collections Conservator, English Heritage

Entertainment and music industry

Simon Banner, Life Coach and Writer

Edie Campbell
Edie Campbell, Fashion model

Shaun Davey
Shaun Davey, Composer

Vincent Price
Vincent Price, Actor (1911-1993)

Atticus Ross
Atticus Ross, Musician, 2010 Academy Award, Original Soundtrack, The Social Network

Gallery, museum and heritage directors and senior curators


David Bagnall, Curator and Director of Interpretation, Frank Lloyd Wright Trust

Christopher Bedford
Christopher Bedford, Director, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis

hepworthwakefieldAndrew Bonacina, Chief Curator, The Hepworth Wakefield

Bruce Boucher
Bruce Boucher, Director, Sir John Soane’s Museum

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Fiona Bradley, Director, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

Christopher BrownAshmolean-logo-with-text[1]
Christopher Brown, Former Director, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

Richard-Calvocoressi  Gagosian
Richard Calvocoressi, Director and Senior Curator, Gagosian

Thomas Campbell
Thomas Campbell, Director and CEO, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Timothy CliffordNational gallery of Scotland
Timothy Clifford, Former Director, National Galleries of Scotland

Lynne Cook
Lynne Cooke, Senior Curator for Special Projects in Modern Art, National Gallery, USA

Tarnya CooperNational portrait gallery
Tarnya Cooper, Chief & 16 Century Curator, National Portrait Gallery

Suzanne Cotter
Suzanne Cotter, Director, Serralves Museum, Porto

Nicholas CullinanNational portrait gallery
Nicholas Cullinan, Director, National Portrait Gallery

Penelope Curtis, Director, Museum Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon

Maurice Davies, Senior Research Fellow, Kings College London

Anne D'Harnoncourt
Anne D’Harnoncourt, Former Director, Philadelphia Museum of Art (1943 – 2008)

David Elliott
David Elliott, Former Director, Istanbul Modern Art Museum and independent curator

Anita Feldman
Anita Feldman, Deputy Director, Curatorial Affairs, San Diego Museum of Art

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Kaywin Feldman, Director and President, Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Gabriele Finaldi
Gabriele Finaldi, Director, National Gallery, London 

Paul Greenhalgh
Paul Greenhalgh, Director, Sainsbury Centre of the Visual Arts

William Griswoldcleveland museum of art
William Griswold, Director, The Cleveland Museum of Art

Simon Groom
Simon Groom, Director, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Christoph Grunenberg
Christoph Grunenberg, Director, Kunsthalle Bremem

Jenny Harper
Jenny Harper, Director, Christchurch Art Gallery, New Zealand

Jennifer Harristhewhitworth
Jennifer Harris, Deputy Director, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

Athalsteinn Ingolfsson, Director, Museum of Design & Applied Art, Iceland

Nicola Kalinskybarberinstitute
Nicola Kalinsky, Director, Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Timothy Knoxfitzwilliammuseumcambridge
Timothy Knox, Director, The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge

Janet Landay
Janet Landay, Project Director, College Art Association

Eric M.LeeKimbellartmuseum
Eric M. Lee, Director, The Kimbell Art Museum

John LeightonNational gallery of Scotland
John Leighton, Director General, National Galleries of Scotland

Knut Ljogodt
Knut Ljogodt, Director, Northern Norway Art Museum, Tromso

Neil MacGregorBritishMuseum
Neil MacGregor, Director, British Museum (retiring autumn 2015)

Simon MartinPallant House Gallery
Simon Martin, Director, Pallant House Gallery

Ian McClure
Ian McClure, Former Director, Hamilton Kerr Institute

Avenal McKinnonNZportraitgallery
Avenal McKinnon, Director, New Zealand Portrait Gallery

David McTavish
David McTavish, Director, Agnes Etherington Art Centre (1943 – 2014)

Christopher Monkhouse

Christopher Monkhouse, Eloise W. Martin Curator & Chairman, Art Institute of Chicago


Caroline Morey, Head of Arts Council Collections, Southbank Centre, London

Jessica Morgan
Jessica Morgan, Director, Dia Art Foundation (from January 2015)

Frances MorrisTate Britain
Frances Morris, Director, Tate Modern

Bera Nordal
Bera Nordal, Museum Director, The Nordic Watercolour Museum

Karsten Ohrt
Karsten Ohrt, Chairman, New Carlsberg Foundation & New Carleberg Glyptothek

Dr Hans Ottomeyer
Hans Ottomeyer, Director of Deutsches Historisches Museum

Ratan Parimoo
Ratan Parimoo, Director, LD Museum and NC Metha Gallery

Portrait of Nicholas Penny, Director of The National Gallery. Photographed on his second day in post on the balcony of Annenberg Court.

Nicholas Penny, Former Director, National Gallery London


Carolyn Peter, Director and Curator, Laband Art Gallery, Los Angeles

Eliza Rathbone
Eliza Rathbone, Chief Curator Emerita, Phillips Collection, Washington DC

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Brett Rogers, Director, The Photographers’ Gallery, London

Matthew Rowe
Matthew Rowe, Former Director, firstsite Contemporary Visual Arts, Colchester

William RudolphSanAntonioMuseumofArt
William Rudolph, Mellon Chief Curator & Curator of American Art, San Antonio Museum
of Art

Xavier Salomon
Xavier Salomon, Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator, The Frick Collection, New York

Jennifer Scott
Jennifer Scott, Director, Dulwich Picture Gallery 

Nicholas Serota
Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England

Desmond Shawe-TaylorRoyal Collection
Desmond Shawe-Taylor, Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures, Royal Collection

Alan Shestack
Alan Shestack, Deputy Director & Chief Curator, National Gallery of Art, Washington

Laurence SillarsBaltic centre
Laurence Sillars, Chief Curator, BALTIC Centre, Newcastle

Alexander SturgisAshmolean-logo-with-text[1]
Alexander Sturgis, Director, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

Jean Sutherland Boggs
Jean Sutherland Boggs, first female Director of both the National Gallery of Canada and the Philadelphia Museum of Art (1922-2014)

Luke Syson
Luke Syson, Iris and B Gerald Cantor Chairman, European Sculpture and Decorative
Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Michael Taylor
Michael Taylor, Chief Curator and Deputy Director, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Matthew Teitelbaum
Matthew Teitelbaum, Director, Boston Museum of Fine Arts

Simon Thurley
Simon Thurley, Senior Research Fellow, The Institute of Historical Research

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Ernst Vegelin van Claerbergen, Head of The Courtauld Gallery

Malcolm WarnerLaguna Art Museum
Malcolm Warner, Executive Director, Laguna Art Museum

John Wilson, Director, Timkin Museum of Art

Matthias Winner, Director, Bibliotheca Hertziana


Ari Wiseman, Deputy Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Publishers, journalists and editors

Simon Badley

Simon Bradley, Editor, Pevsner Architectural Guides

David Cohen
David Cohen, Editor/Publisher, Art Critical Online

Jacky Kleinphaidonpress
Jacky Klein, Commissioning Editor, Phaidon

Anael Pigeat, Editor, Art Press

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Cristina Ruiz, Editor at Large, The Art Newspaper

Anthony Rushton

Anthony Rushton, Former Art Editor of Private Eye (retired)

Robin Simon
Robin Simon, Founding editor, British Art Journal

Anna Somers Cocksart newspaper
Anna Somers Cocks, Founder Editor, The Art Newspaper & Group Editorial Director, Umberto Allemendi Publishing

Peifen Sung
Peifen Sung, Founder, Peifen Fine Art

Sophy ThompsonThamesandHudson
Sophy Thompson, Publishing Director, Thames & Hudson

Peter Trippi
Peter Trippi, Editor, Fine Art Connoisseur & Former Director, Dahesh Museum


Anita Brookner

Anita Brookner, Booker Prize-winning novelist and art historian

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Nell Dunn, Writer

Lucy Ellmann
Lucy Ellmann, Novelist

Lavinia Greenlaw
Lavinia Greenlaw, Poet & novelist

Alexandra Harris
Alexandra Harris, Writer, winner of 2010 Guardian First Book Award

Rosemary Harris
Rosemary Harris, Children’s Book Author, Carnegie Medal Winner

Nicole Krauss
Nicole Krauss, Novelist

Iain Sinclair
Iain Sinclair, Writer and filmmaker

John Russell Taylor
John Russell Taylor, film critic and author

Giles Waterfield
Giles Waterfield, Novelist and Associate Scholar, The Courtauld Institute of Art (1949-2016)


Max Porter, Novelist



Nicky Gavron

Nicky Gavron, Deputy Mayor of London, 2004-2008

Nancy Lee Johnson
Nancy Lee Johnson, Congresswoman from 1983-2007, Connecticut, USA

David Madden
David Madden, Former British Ambassador to Greece from 1999-2004

Claire Marmion
Claire Pillman, Director, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Colin Roberts
Colin Roberts, Governor, Falkland Islands


Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Member of the Royal Family of Jordan

Narisa Chakrabongse
Narisa Chakrabongse, Member of the Royal Family of Thailand

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