Christopher Baker was appointed Director of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in August 2012. Prior to taking up this post he was Deputy Director of the Scottish National Gallery from 2003. He was educated at the universities of York and Manchester and has previously held posts at the National Gallery, London, and Christ Church Picture Gallery, Oxford, where for seven years he steered the Gallery’s exhibition and conservation programmes.
He has organised some of the Scottish National Gallery’s most successful exhibitions of recent years, including The Discovery of Spain and Turner and Italy (both 2009).
Christopher has lectured widely and published numerous articles and reviews, focusing on the history of collecting, British art and prints and drawings. His books include: The Complete Illustrated Catalogue, The National Gallery, London (1995: co-author); Collecting Prints and Drawings in Europe, c.1500-1750 (2003: co-editor); J.M.W. Turner: The Vaughan Bequest (2006); and English Drawings and Watercolours 1600-1900: The National Gallery of Scotland (2011).