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Art historians


125 People in group

(David) Duncan Robinson

(David) Duncan Robinson

1943-
Art historian; Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum
Sitter in 1 portrait
No individual image available for this person

Jasper Rose

Art historian
Sitter in 1 portrait
John Rothenstein

John Rothenstein

1901-1992
Art historian and Director of the Tate Gallery; son of Sir William Rothenstein
Sitter in 43 portraits
No individual image available for this person

Joachim von Sandrart

1606-1688
Etcher, draughtsman, painter and art historian
Artist associated with 2 portraits
Sir Charles Robert Saumarez Smith

Sir Charles Robert Saumarez Smith

1954-
Art historian; Director of the National Portrait Gallery
Sitter in 14 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait
Dame Rosalind Joy Savill

Dame Rosalind Joy Savill

1951-
Art historian; Director of the Wallace Collection
Sitter in 1 portrait
Diana Scarisbrick

Diana Scarisbrick

1928-
Art historian specialising in the history of engraved gems and jewellery
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir George Scharf

Sir George Scharf

1820-1895
Artist and art historian; first Director and later trustee of the National Portrait Gallery
Sitter in 79 portraits | Artist associated with 587 portraits
(John) James Byam Shaw

(John) James Byam Shaw

1903-1992
Art historian and museum curator
Sitter in 2 portraits
Marion Harry Spielmann

Marion Harry Spielmann

1858-1948
Art historian
Sitter in 8 portraits
Wolfgang Stechow

Wolfgang Stechow

1896-1974
Art historian
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir Roy Strong

Sir Roy Strong

1935-
Art historian and museum director; Director of the National Portrait Gallery
Sitter associated with 22 portraits
Sandford Arthur Strong

Sandford Arthur Strong

1863-1904
Orientalist and art historian; Husband of Eugenie Strong
Sitter in 2 portraits
No individual image available for this person

Sir Alfred George Temple

1848-1928
Art historian and connoisseur
Sitter in 1 portrait
Simon John Thurley

Simon John Thurley

1962-
Art historian; Chief Executive of English Heritage
Sitter in 1 portrait
Giles Waterfield

Giles Waterfield

1949-2016
Art historian; Director of Dulwich Picture Gallery
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir Ellis Kirkham Waterhouse

Sir Ellis Kirkham Waterhouse

1905-1985
Art historian
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir Francis Watson

Sir Francis Watson

1907-1992
Art historian; Director of the Wallace Collection
Sitter in 1 portrait
Geoffrey Fairbank Webb

Geoffrey Fairbank Webb

1898-1970
Art historian
Sitter in 2 portraits
Sir (Alan Charles) Laurence Whistler

Sir (Alan Charles) Laurence Whistler

1912-2000
Glass engraver, writer and architectural historian
Sitter in 16 portraits

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