Student, Princeton University, 1943-1944; Bachelor cum laude, Princeton University, 1949; student, Ecole de Louvre, France, 1949-1950; Master of Fine Arts cum laude, Princeton University, 1952; Doctor of Philosophy, Princeton University, 1956.
Assistant instructor department art and archaeology, Princeton (New Jersey) U., 1951-1953;
instructor, Princeton (New Jersey) U., 1954-1956;
lecturer and research assistant, The Frick collection, New York City, 1956-1957;
associate professor art history, U. Georgia, 1957-1963;
associate professor fine arts, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, 1963-1965;
professor fine arts, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, 1965-1995;
professor fine arts emeritus, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, since 1995. Lecturer Princeton Theological Seminary, 1956-1957. Chairman fine arts department Vanderbilt University, 1963-1990.
Invited lecturer in field.
Staff sergeant United States Army, 1944-1946, European Theatre of Operations. Member American Archaeol. Society, College Art Association American (grantee Millard Meiss publication fund 1979), Southeastern College Art Conference (president 1973-1974), Société de l'histoire de l'art francais, Society Architectural Historians.
Married Carol Foord, August 26, 1950. Children: Franklin Hamilton, Robert P. II, Mary Hadley, Abigail Norris.