Brian Allen is Chairman of the Hazlitt Group that includes the art dealership Hazlitt, Gooden and Fox and Arnold Wiggins and Sons, the leading dealers in historic picture frames.
For 36 years he worked for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art serving as Director of Studies for 20 years. He is a specialist in 17th and 18th century British art and has written widely on this subject area. He has organised a number of exhibitions in collaboration with the Yale Center for British Art, the State Hermitage Museum and the State Kremlin Museums. A past Chairman of the National Art Collections Fund (The Art Fund) he is currently a Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery, the Holburne Museum of Art, the Strawberry Hill Collections Trust, the British Sporting Art Trust and is Chairman of the Hermitage Foundation UK.