Benedict Nicolson (1914-1978), Art historian
Sitter in 3 portraits
The longest-serving Editor of the Burlington, from 1947 to 1978, Nicolson was for three decades completely identified with the Magazine's fortunes and reputations. He made it a forum for innovative research in seventeenth-century art, introduced new contributors, particularly recent art-history graduates, and wrote incisive editorials on topical issues. His books include Wright of Derby, Painter of Light , The International Caravaggesque Movement, and studies of Seurat and Courbet. 'Deep silences, infectious laughter and alternating shrewdness and innocence fused in a personality as memorable as his appearance' is how Richard Shone, the present Editor of the Magazine recalls him.
Related PeopleAdam Nicolson (nephew)
Sir Harold George Nicolson (father)
Nigel Nicolson (brother)
Lionel Edward Sackville-West, 3rd Baron Sackville (grandfather)
Victoria Mary ('Vita') Sackville-West (mother)