Joseph Friedman

Senior Research Fellow in the History of Art and Architecture

Joseph Friedman was previously a Senior Director of Sotheby’s, Curator of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor’s Collection in Paris, and an art adviser to the Foreign Office, the National Trust, and the J. Rothschild Group of Companies. A partner in Historic Buildings Consultants, he has lectured and published widely on the fine and decorative arts, and in addition to his Buckingham appointment is an Honorary Visiting Fellow of the Department of History of Art at the University of York.

His historical research includes the online database The Trade in Cultural Goods in Late Stuart England, in The Art World in Britain 1660-1735 (Tate Britain/University of York); as well as a series of books which include Spencer House. Chronicle of a Great London Mansion (1993); The Private World of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor [with Hugo Vickers] (1995); and Treasure Houses of London: Five Hundred Years of Private Artistic Patronage and Collecting (Yale University Press, forthcoming).

Select essays include “Spencer House”, Apollo (August 1987); “The Town Houses”, in Sir William Chambers, Architect to George III (Courtauld Gallery, 1996); and “New Light on the Renishaw Commode”, Furniture History (1997).