Miles Barton has been professionally evaluating, researching and cataloguing a wealth of art and antiques for over twenty-five years. More recently as an independent dealer, he has concentrated on old master pictures, largely portraiture. He has made a number of distinct discoveries in this field some of which are now with national and international collections, such as the Garrick Club, London; Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris and the Heeresgeschichtliches Museum, Vienna. He has advised auction houses, public and private galleries, and regularly writes on matters associated with British history and art.
Graduating with a History & Art degree he first joined Phillips Auctioneers and several years later became a senior specialist with Sotheby’s in central London. During this time he travelled across Europe meeting with collectors, assessing items and advising on the advantages of buying and selling within the London art market, helping to create a number of headline auctions as a result. From this he went on to be part of team that advised and analysed the market for an online fine art information company as it established its web presence.
A life-long enthusiast of all manner of aspects associated with art and history, he has been the freelance historical researcher for a number of period film and television productions based at Pinewood and Shepperton Studios, including Academy Award winner “The Madness of King George”. He has lectured at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art; acted as a specialist guide to the notable Victorian memorials at Highgate Cemetery; and assisted the Witt Library at the Courtauld Institute of Art, cataloguing the stock archive of renowned art dealership Arthur Tooth & Son.
He is a member and supporter of The Georgian Group, Highgate Literary & Scientific Institute, British Society of Eighteenth Century Studies and the Walpole Society, amongst others.
Published work includes:
- Sir John de Medina’s Portrait of the First Duke of Montrose – The Georgian Group Journal, Vol. XXII, 2014
- A Man of Sense: Thomas Gibson’s Portrait of Antonio Niccolini (1701-1769) – The Georgian Group Journal, Vol. XXI, 2013
- Sir Richard Child of Wanstead: A Portrait Revealed – The Georgian Group Journal, Vol. XIX, 2011
- A biography of Thomas Pitt, 2nd Baron Camelford (1775-1804) – Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004
- Hollywood Movie Posters 1914-1990 – Schiffer Publishing, 2004
- Illustrated Dictionary of Art & Antiques; consultant author – Marshall Publishing, 2001
- Design Classics – Sotheby’s Preview, May 1999
- Rudolph Valentino: A biographical essay – Sotheby’s, September 1998
- Expressionist Films: The influence of Modern art on early German Films – Sothebys Preview, October 1998
Film and T.V period productions as historical researcher:
“The Madness of King George” (1994); “Sense and Sensibility” (1995); “James Barry” (1995/6) “William Thackeray” proposed biopic (1995); “Amy Foster” (1996); “Vanity Fair” (1996)