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Sir David Piper (1918-1990), Art historian; Director of the National Portrait Gallery

Sitter in 3 portraits
Art historian, author and museum director; joined the staff of the National Portrait Gallery 1946, Director 1964-7; first Director of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford 1973-85; author of The English Face (1957), The Companion Guide to London (1964) and Trial by Battle (1959), a novel which drew on his own war experiences in Malaysia.

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Sir David Piper

by John Ralph Merton
silverpoint on board, 1983-1984
NPG 5773


Sir David Piper

by Roger Mayne
bromide print on card mount, 1965
NPG x4064


Sir David Piper

by Unknown photographer
Kodachrome print, 24 October 1962
NPG x21778