Dr Susanna Avery-Quash is Senior Research Curator (History of Collecting) at the National Gallery, in charge of pre-1900 objects in its History Collection, and responsible for activities associated with its research strands, ‘Buying, Collecting and Display’ and ‘Art and Religion’, including managing research partnerships, organising conferences and supervising graduate students.
Her research focuses on the study of important private and public art collections, trends in artistic taste, and the historical art market. Her recent publications include several co-edited volumes: The Georgian London Town House: Building, Collecting and Display (2019); Leonardo in Britain: Collections and Historical Reception (2019), London and the Emergence of a European Art Market, 1780-1820 (2019) and Old Masters Worldwide: Markets, Movements and Museums, 1789-1939 (2021). She was co-curator for the exhibition, Creating A National Collection: The Partnership between Southampton City Art Gallery and The National Gallery (Southampton, 28 June-4 September 2021).
She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London; a trustee of The Society for the History of Collecting, TIAMSA, and the Francis Haskell Memorial Fund; and a Specialist Volunteer for the National Trust. She is an Honorary Research Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London, and at the University of Buckingham’s Humanities Research Institute.