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Sir Sidney Colvin (1845-1927), Art and literary scholar and museum administrator

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Sidney Colvin was a literary and art critic. A scholar of Trinity College, Cambridge, he became a fellow of his college in 1868. In 1873 he was Slade professor of fine art, and was appointed in the next year to the directorship of the Fitzwilliam Museum. Colvin moved to London in 1884 on being appointed keeper of prints and drawings in the British Museum. His chief publications included lives of Landor (1881) and Keats (1887), in the English Men of Letters series. In the field both of art and of literature, Colvin's fine taste, wide knowledge and high ideals made his authority and influence extend far beyond his published work.

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