Magazine article Management Today

Decisions: Harriet Bridgeman - the Bridgeman Art Library, Founder and Chairman of the Fine Art Picture Agency

Magazine article Management Today

Decisions: Harriet Bridgeman - the Bridgeman Art Library, Founder and Chairman of the Fine Art Picture Agency

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MY BEST ...

While editing Discovering Antiques, I realised it would be much more convenient if we could provide a central database of images. All the rights holders would benefit, because they weren't making much money from the photographs of their paintings. I launched Bridgeman Art Library in 1972; I had never planned to start my own business but I'm obviously a bit of an entrepreneur. I didn't go out of my way to find a hole in the market; it just sort of came to me, which is probably the best way.

I'm enormously happy to be working with art - I travel around the world looking at collections and meeting people with the same interests. It's a thoroughly civilised and totally enjoyable way of life.

MY WORST ...

This is absolutely not the advice people give, but I'm not keen on business plans - I didn't do one for Bridgeman Art Library. So my worst decision was writing a business plan when I set up a second company, the Artists' Collecting Society, in 2006 because I lost a very valuable five months. …

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