Charles Saumarez Smith

Sir Charles Robert Saumarez Smith CBE (born 28 May 1954) is a British cultural historian specializing in the history of art, design and architecture. He was the Secretary and Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Arts in London from 2007 until he stepped down in 2018. He was replaced by Axel Rϋger, who took up the position in 2019. He was Director of the National Portrait Gallery from 1994 to 2002 and the Director of the National Gallery from 2002 to 2007. He has published various articles and books including The Company of Artists:The Origins of the Royal Academy of Arts in London and was a judge at the World Architecture Festival 2014 in Singapore and the Young Masters 2014 awards in London.  

Saumarez Smith was Knighted in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. 

Books in order of publication: 

The Building of Castle Howard. Faber & Faber; 1st ed edition (5 March 1990)  

Eighteenth-Century Decoration. Design and the Domestic Interior in England. Weidenfeld & Nicolson (1993)  

The National Portrait Gallery. National Portrait Gallery Publications (27 June 1997)  

The Rise of Design: Design and Domestic Interior in Eighteenth-century England. Pimlico; New Ed edition (2000)  

The National Gallery: A Short History. Frances Lincoln (1 July 2009) 

The Company of Artists: The Origins of the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Bloomsbury / Modern Art Press (15 October 2012) 

East London. Thames & Hudson (2017) 

The Art Museum in Modern Times. Thames & Hudson (2021) 

50 Years of British Art in Museums with Charles Saumarez Smith 

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