About Art History News

Welcome to Art History News, the most widely read art history blog. It began in 2011 and is written by Dr. Bendor Grosvenor, an art historian, writer, and broadcaster. The aim is to provide a useful source for art history related news stories, such as exhibitions, research and recently discovered paintings.

AHN welcomes contributions and opinions. We don't have a comments section like most blogs, as all reader feedback is incorporated into the main site, and not ignored in an area where nobody ever goes. So, if you have a news story, or simply want to agree or disagree with what AHN or someone else has said, then please get in touch

About Bendor Grosvenor

Dr. Bendor Grosvenor is an art historian specialising in Old Masters and British pictures, especially portraits. He has discovered a number of important paintings by prominent artists. He is also a writer, broadcaster, and a former government adviser on archives and public records. Between 2005 and 2014 he worked in the London art trade, but is now based in Edinburgh, and is on the board of Scotland's leading auctioneers, Lyon & Turnbull. In 2014 Apollo Magazine included him in their '40 Under 40' feature, and in 2017 the Daily Telegraph named him as one of the 500 Most Influential People in Britain.

Grosvenor has been interested in the history of art since an early age, and found his first ‘sleeper’, or mis-catalogued picture (a portrait by Sir William Fettes Douglas), whilst studying at university. His first major discovery came in 2004, with a portrait by Sir Thomas Lawrence of a member of the Wellesley family, which he bought at Christie's in London as a work attributed to George Henry Harlow. The portrait was later sold at Sotheby's in London.

In the years since, he has made a number of notable art historical discoveries. Some of the best known include:

Grosvenor also appeared in the first five series of the BBC1 series 'Fake or Fortune?', the BBC's highest rated fine art programme. His research helped prove the attribution of works by Degas, Van Dyck, Vuillard, Gainsborough and Turner, among others. Other research work has covered subjects as diverse as the relationship between Queen Victoria and John Brown, and the identity of the Flemish sixteenth century court painter, Steven van Herwijck. He recently co-edited a book of documents on Disraeli's foreign policy published by Cambridge University Press for the Royal Historical Society.

Before all the above, he used to work in politics, advising the Conservative Party on arts and heritage, and was a member of the Arts Taskforce set up by former Prime Minister David Cameron under the chairmanship of Sir John Tusa. He limited his political options by writing a book called Crap MPs at the height of the expenses scandal. He also writes regularly for The Financial Times and The Art Newspaper, and has written articles for The Guardian, the British Art Journal, History Today and Country Life. He studied English history at Pembroke College, Cambridge, and UEA. His PhD was on foreign policy in Benjamin Disraeli’s second government. 

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