Holland Park interviewed Hugo Nathan, Art Advisor, to find out how his education has influenced his career choice and success.
Job title and company: Director and Co-Founder of Beaumont Nathan Art Advisory Ltd
Education: Eton College, University of Edinburgh
How did your education inform your choice of career?
I studied Art History and Fine Art at Eton. In the school holidays, I did work experience at Christies. I interned there during my gap year and then studied Art History at Edinburgh, all with a view to a career in the art world. After that, I immediately started upon my chosen career.
Did you find a particular teacher or person at your school or university especially inspirational?
Richard Thomsen at Edinburgh was a huge influence in driving my passion in the area of Post-Impressionism. Also, it was a great privilege to be taught by Elizabeth Cowling, still one of the top scholars in Modern Art.
What did your education give you that you are most grateful for?
The confidence to look at objects with an open mind and to think for myself, as well as the discipline to read up on the relevant scholarship before making my own opinions.
Sum up your education in three words:
Expensive but invaluable
Hugo Nathan is a co-founder of Beaumont Nathan, a leading international art advisory and market intelligence firm based in London. Hugo advises across the full spectrum of the international art market, from Old Masters to Contemporary. Prior to founding Beaumont Nathan in 2013, Hugo worked for Dickinson for 15 years, and ran their USA operations in New York.