Christopher Brown (museum director)

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Christopher Paul Hadley Brown
Born (1948-04-15) 15 April 1948 (age 66)
Occupation Museum director
Employer Ashmolean Museum

Christopher Paul Hadley Brown, CBE (born 15 April 1948)[1] has been director of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England[2] since 1998.[3] He is also recognised as an authority on Sir Anthony van Dyck.[2]

From 1971 to 1998 he worked at the National Gallery, London; first as Curator of 17th century Dutch and Flemish paintings, eventually as Chief Curator.[3]

Brown sits on the Prix Pictet advisory board. He was made CBE in 2011.[1] and is an honorary fellow of St Catherine's College, Oxford.[4]


Brown's works include:[1]


  • Chatelet, Albert (1981). Early Dutch Painting. Phaidon. ISBN 0714820954. 

He has also had articles published in a number of journals, including The Times and The Times Literary Supplement.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Dr Christopher Brown, CBE Authorised Biography". Debrett's People of Today. Debrett's. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Van Dyck: What Lies Beneath". Fake or Fortune?. Series 2. Episode 3. 30 September 2012. BBC. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Our Members". National Museum Directors' Council. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  4. ^