Curator of Pictures and Sculpture, London
In 1956 the Trust appointed its first curator of pictures and sculpture to oversee care of its rapidly expanding collection of precious items. David Taylor took on the role in 2012 and is responsible for a rich array of treasures, including over 13,500 paintings.
David’s expertise lies in 16th and 17th-century portraiture. He is also an expert in the work of Sir Peter Lely and female patronage at the court of Charles II. David was previously Senior Curator with the National Galleries of Scotland and his areas of expertise include Early Modern Scottish Art.
As one of our experts, David is no stranger to the media. Interest in the Rembrandt news story in 2013 saw David sharing his knowledge and excitement with TV, radio and print journalists from the UK and around the world.
When not at our London office, David spends time working with colleagues across the UK. A major restoration project at Mount Stewart in Northern Ireland has meant David spending time there and it’s become a favourite place:
"The history is fascinating, the collections wonderful and the gardens beautiful – I’ve worked there a lot since joining the Trust and my relationship with the team always makes visiting a real pleasure."
To get in touch with David please contact our press office on 0844 800 4955.