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Art historians


125 People in group

Jennifer Iris Rachel Montagu

Jennifer Iris Rachel Montagu

1931-
Art historian; Curator of the Photograph Collection, Warburg Institute
Sitter in 1 portrait
Richard Edward Morphet

Richard Edward Morphet

1938-
Art historian
Sitter in 1 portrait
Eric Newton

Eric Newton

1893-1965
Artist, art historian and critic
Sitter in 1 portrait
Benedict Nicolson

Benedict Nicolson

1914-1978
Art historian
Sitter in 3 portraits
Adolph Paul Oppé

Adolph Paul Oppé

1878-1957
Art historian and art collector
Sitter in 2 portraits
Leonée Ormond (née Jasper)

Leonée Ormond (née Jasper)

1940-
Art historian
Sitter in 1 portrait
Richard Louis Ormond

Richard Louis Ormond

1939-
Art historian; Director of the National Maritime Museum
Sitter in 8 portraits
Johann David Passavant

Johann David Passavant

1787-1861
Art historian, critic and curator
Sitter in 1 portrait
Michael Peppiatt

Michael Peppiatt

1941-
Art historian, curator and writer
Sitter in 1 portrait
Nikolaus Pevsner

Nikolaus Pevsner

1902-1983
Art historian and architectural scholar
Sitter in 5 portraits
Sir David Piper

Sir David Piper

1918-1990
Art historian; Director of the National Portrait Gallery
Sitter in 3 portraits
Michael Isaac Podro

Michael Isaac Podro

1931-2008
Art historian
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir John Pope-Hennessy

Sir John Pope-Hennessy

1913-1994
Art historian and museums director
Sitter in 5 portraits
Arthur Ewart Popham

Arthur Ewart Popham

1889-1970
Art historian and Keeper of Prints and Drawings, British Museum
Sitter in 3 portraits
('E.H.') Hartley Ramsden

('E.H.') Hartley Ramsden

1904-1993
Art historian, curator, critic and translator
Sitter in 1 portrait
Jessica Mary Rawson

Jessica Mary Rawson

1943-
Art historian
Sitter in 1 portrait
(Arthur) Graham Reynolds

(Arthur) Graham Reynolds

1914-2013
Art historian; V&A curator
Sitter in 2 portraits
Sir John Richardson

Sir John Richardson

1924-2019
Art historian
Sitter in 8 portraits
Sir Hugh Ashley Roberts

Sir Hugh Ashley Roberts

1948-
Art historian; Director of the Royal Collection
Sitter in 1 portrait
Jane Roberts

Jane Roberts

1949-2021
Art historian; Royal Librarian
Sitter in 1 portrait

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