Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Marion Harry Spielmann (1858-1948), Art historian

Art historian, journalist and writer; born 22 May 1858, in London. Studied architecture and civil engineering, University College London 1877; turned to journalism from early 1880s (for the Graphic and Daily Graphic, Black & White, the Pall Mall Gazette, Illustrated London News, Westminster Gazette and Morning Post); highly influential shaper of artistic opinion as editor of the Magazine of Art 1887–1904; [1]; publ. The History of Punch (1895), British Sculpture and Sculptors of To-Day (1901), monographs on Millais, Watts and Keene, and iconographies of Chaucer (1900), Ruskin (1891) and Shakespeare (1907); generous benefactor of the National Portrait Gallery 1930s; died 2 October 1948, in Folkestone. [2]

Carol Blackett-Ord

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1) ‘In the autumn of 1887 […] the Editorship of the Magazine of Art had just been confided to me, and my announcement of it seemed to awaken [Ruskin’s] sympathetic pleasure. He clapped his hands and cried, “Bravo! I’m so glad. You have a great opportunity now for good.”’ Spielmann 1900a, p.186.
2) For biographical details see Who Was Who 1952; and Codell 1989. See also NPG NoS (Spielmann).

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