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Two members appointed to the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art
The Secretary of State has appointed Christober Baker and Stuart Lochead as Members of the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art for four years from 1 October 2019 to 30 September 2023.
Christopher Baker is Director of European and Scottish Art and Portraiture at the National Galleries of Scotland (NGS). He is responsible for the collection and programme at the National and Portrait Galleries in Edinburgh and has been a Visiting Fellow at the Yale Center for British Art. Before moving to Scotland in 2002 he worked at Christ Church, Oxford, and the National Gallery in London. Christopher is a member of the Spoliation Advisory Panel, the Recognition Committee (Museums Galleries Scotland), and the jury for the ‘Portrait Now’ international prize (Danish Museum of National History).
He has organised numerous exhibitions in the U.K. and internationally on aspects of British art pre-1900, drawings and watercolours, and old master paintings. His publications include: J. M.W. Turner: The Vaughan Bequest (2019); Landseer: The Monarch of the Glen (2017); Jean-Étienne Liotard (2015, co-author); John Ruskin: Artist and Observer (2014, co-author); Catalogue of English Drawings and Watercolours 1600-1900, National Gallery of Scotland (2011); Collecting Prints and Drawings in Europe, c.1500-1800 (2003, co-editor); and The National Gallery [London] Complete Illustrated Catalogue, (1995, co-author).
Upon graduating from the Courtauld Institute of Art in 1994 Stuart Lochhead joined Daniel Katz at his newly opened gallery in Jermyn Street. Over the following 23 years Stuart mounted numerous exhibitions in New York and London on European Sculpture. He developed a deep knowledge of the art market selling to major museums and helping build private collections, as well as participating at numerous art fairs worldwide. He organised three major loan exhibitions at the gallery on Renaissance and Baroque bronzes from The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge and the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Stuart was formerly on the board of the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association, The Sculpture Journal and Chairman of the Courtauld Association. He is an Ambassador to the Courtauld patrons group the Samuel Courtauld Society. Stuart organised the first gift by a UK company to a museum through the Cultural Gifts Scheme and has been an expert advisor to the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art. In 2018 Stuart set up his own firm dealing in European Sculpture from the late Medieval period to Rodin based in St James’s, London and has since sold a number of works of sculpture to US and UK museums.
These roles is not remunerated. This reappointment has been made in accordance with the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments. The process is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. The Government’s Governance Code requires that any significant political activity undertaken by an appointee in the last five years is declared. This is defined as including holding office, public speaking, making a recordable donation or candidature for election. Christopher and Stuart have made no such declarations.
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