Mr James Stourton

British Art History

James Stourton MA FSA is an Art Historian who is writing the authorised biography of Kenneth Clark, Lord Clark of Saltwood.  He 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 Deputy Chairman of Sotheby’s Europe in 1997, Chairman of Sotheby’s Institute of Education in 1999 and Chairman of Sotheby’s UK in 2007.

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.  James has published five books including Great Collectors of Our Time: Art Collecting since 1945 (2007 Apollo Book of the Year); The British as Art Collectors, from the Tudors to the Present (2012 with Charles Sebag-Montefiore) and Great Houses of London (2012).

James Stourton left Sotheby’s in 2012 to pursue his academic interests.  Today he sits on the Panel of the Heritage Memorial Fund and also the Acceptance in Lieu Panel.