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Hugh Roberts : biography

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Sir Hugh Ashley Roberts, GCVO, FSA, is an art historian and curator.

He was a director of the Royal Collection, the art collection of the British Royal Family, and is a Surveyor of the Queen's Works of Art, whose office is responsible for the care and maintenance of the royal collection of works of art owned by the Sovereign of the United Kingdom in an official capacity.

Roberts was closely involved in the restoration of Windsor Castle, a medieval castle and royal residence located in Windsor, Berkshire, England, notable for its long association with the British Royal Family and its architecture after its 1992 fire.

Personal life

On 13 December 1975, Roberts married Jane Stephanie Low, a daughter of the 1st Baron Aldington; they have two daughters.

Career

He was previously a director of Christie's, an art-business and a fine-arts auction house, and was the head of its Decorative Arts Department. His particular area of expertise is French and English furniture and interior decoration of the 18th and 19th centuries; he has written extensively on these subjects in Royal Collection exhibition catalogues and major journals.

On 20 April 2010, on his retirement as Director of the Royal Collection, Roberts was appointed a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order.Notice (30 April 2010). . London Gazette. Retrieved 17 September 2011.

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