Jonathan started his career in the art world at the legendary London picture dealer Thomas Agnew, following this he worked exclusively in the Auction world for well over 25 years. From Christie’s South Kensington, where Jonathan was involved in all key aspects of the business, from cataloguing regular and fine picture sales in all categories to traveling the UK for ‘Roadshow’ valuation days, to auctioneering and everything in between. Onto Christie’s in King Street as Director, Auctioneer and Head of Modern British pictures where in recognition of his wide knowledge base Jonathan was also appointed head of British and Irish Art, International Director of the 19th European picture department and Deputy Chairman.

After Christie’s, Jonathan joined Bonhams as Global Director of pictures, where, while continuing his interest and involvement in Modern British Art auctions he established new Impressionist and Contemporary departments in both London and New York.

In January 2016 Jonathan joined Phillips Contemporary Art department as Senior Specialist Director. While there he was involved in all aspect of Phillips Contemporary auctions at both their London and New York sale sites, alongside being part of their newly established Valuations team department in London, positions which he held until December 2018

Jonathan is recognised as an expert in 19th and 20th Century, Modern and Contemporary British and International Art and maintains close links with experts and galleries around the world and keeps abreast of current market developments and trends.

Jonathan is recognised for his expertise, particularly his knowledge of the work of L.S. Lowry, he has appeared on ITV’s ‘Looking at Lowry’ and as the key expert in a Lowry focussed episode of the BBC’s ‘Fake or Fortune’.

Jonathan is a Council member of the Artists’ charity, the Artists General Benevolent Institute and is also a member of the Chelsea Arts Club.

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The one that got away…

In the early 1950s, L.S. Lowry completed a very small number of large industrial landscape compositions, each of which included many, if not all, of his favourite motifs, people, chimneys, dogs, children, houses, lakes, etc… this particular 1953 ‘Industrial’ features another favourite, Stockport Viaduct, seen towards the rear of the composition. In a letter from […]

Helen Bradley (1900-1979)

Many of us promise ourselves that we will take up painting in retirement, few of us ever do and even fewer stick at it and only a tiny few achieve commercial and critical success with their Art. Helen Bradley was one of these tiny few and in her own uniquely British way she created a […]

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