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Neil MacGregor (1946-), Art historian; Director of the British Museum

(Robert) Neil MacGregor

Sitter in 2 portraits
Editor of the Burlington Magazine from 1981 until 1987, where he masterminded the transfer of the Magazine from the Thompson's Newspaper empire to an independent and charitable status. Macgregor had begun his career as a lecturer in the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Reading in 1975. He became Director of the National Gallery in 1987; while there he became a household name in 2000 when he presented the BBC series with the same title as his exhibition Seeing Salvation, which examined images of Christ in Western Art. Macgregor has been Director of the British Museum since August 2002.

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Neil MacGregor

by Lucy Anne Dickens
C-type colour print, April 2001
NPG P948(26)