Chris Dawson is the Department Director for Modern British and Irish Art, with more than a decade of specialist experience in his area of expertise. He joined the team at Bonhams in 2007 having previously worked for both Sotheby's and Christie's, where he latterly co-ordinated valuations for high net worth clients in both the U.K and mainland Europe.
Chris has played a major role in the dramatic growth of the department and with his deep knowledge is a trusted advisor to many prominent collectors in the market. He has handled some of the most significant private collections to have been sold at auction in this field such as that of C.S. Reddihough, Elizabeth Creak and Benedict Read. Recent career highlights include the discovery of Paul Nash's 'A Drawing' which set a new auction record for a work on paper by the artist at £212,500 and overseeing a new auction record for a work by any Bloomsbury artist with Roger Fry's 'Portrait of E.M. Forster' achieving £325,000 in July 2020. Outside of the auction world, he has facilitated the loan of major works to important exhibitions such as David Hockney at Tate.
In his role as Department Director, Chris travels throughout the U.K. and internationally, as well as supporting his colleagues in Edinburgh by strengthening the business for the Scottish Sales. Chris holds an Honors degree in History and a master's degree in History of Art, for which he received a distinction in his examination of the London Art market in the 19th Century.