Francesca Whitham graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA Hons in History of Art in 2013. In September 2014 she moved to Paris where she started a two year Masters degree in the History and Business of Art and Collecting at IESA UK, in affiliation with the University of Warwick. In July 2015 she joined Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions as a valuer and cataloguer intern, whilst continuing to study her MA degree. This focused on the history of collecting from the Renaissance through to the present day.
Since becoming a cataloguer, Francesca's main focus has been in provenance research and archival investigation. She completed her MA dissertation in July 2016 on a little known collector, Thomas Geoffrey Blackwell, who amassed a prestigious collection of British modern art at the beginning of the twentieth century, including the largest collection of works by the British artist Philip Wilson Steer.