Robert Cumming's Biography

Robert’s professional career has been in the art world: art critic, art historian, author, TV presenter, and consultant, he has also worked for many public and charitable bodies. A particular interest has been to engage with works of art directly at first hand, and to try to make them come alive to the widest possible audience. Country Life commented: “… …Mr Cumming sets out in an easily understandable form the experience it would take a dealer or a collector a lifetime to accumulate… … .”

Robert studied Law and Art History at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. His first job was at the Tate Gallery. In 1978 he joined Christie’s to set up and lead the team that created Christie’s Education which soon became the foremost international programme of courses on the fine and decorative arts, and the training ground for many of the future art world professionals.

Robert is currently a Professor of Art History at Boston University, based at their Campus in South Kensington, London. When time allows he diverts himself with bee keeping, the family wine business, travel and writing.

Robert and Carolyn have lived in North Buckinghamshire for over 30 years. Carolyn was High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire in 2012/13, is a landscape garden designer and Chair of The Film Place (Buckingham’s Community Cinema). Their elder daughter Chloe is a practising equine Vet, and their younger daughter Phoebe is a PA to the Chairman of a property company in Knightsbridge.