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John Wyndham Pope-Hennessy

educator , historian

John Wyndham Pope-Hennessy, British art historian, educator. Fellow British Academy, Society Antiquaries, Royal Society Literature, Royal Academy Arts (honorary); member American Academy Arts and Sciences, American Philosophical Society (foreign), Accademia Senese degli Intronati (correspondent), Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften (correspondent), Accademia del Disegno (honorary accademician), Accademia Clementina, Bologna, Ateneo Veneto.

Background

POPE-HENNESSY, John was born on December 13, 1913 in London. Son of the late Major-General L. H. R. Pope-Hennessy and Dame Una Pope-Hennessy.

Education

Educated, Downside School, Balliol College, Oxford University, England. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Aberdeen, 1972. Doctorate (honorary), Royal College Arts, 1973.

Doctorate (honorary), University Cattolica, Milan, Italy, 1994. Doctorate (honorary), University Florence, Italy, 1994.

Career

Member staff Victoria and Albert Museum, 1938-1973, keeper department architecture and sculpture, 1954-1966, director, secretary, 1967-1973. Director British Museum, 1974-1976. Consultative chairman department European Paintings Metropolitan Museum Art, 1977-1986.

Professor art Institute of Fine Arts New York University, 1977-1992. Slade professor fine art Oxford University, 1956-1957, Cambridge (England) University, 1964-1965. Robert Sterling Clark professor art Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 1961-1962.

Member Arts Council, England, 1968-1976, Ancient Monuments Board for England, 1969-1972. Director Royal Opera House, 1971-1976. Advisory board directors Metropolitan Opera House, 1979-1986.

Works

Membership

Fellow British Academy, Society Antiquaries, Royal Society Literature, Royal Academy Arts (honorary). Member American Academy Arts and Sciences, American Philosophical Society (foreign), Accademia Senese degli Intronati (correspondent), Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften (correspondent), Accademia del Disegno (honorary accademician), Accademia Clementina, Bologna, Ateneo Veneto.

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Music.

Connections

father:
the late Major-General L. H. R. Pope-Hennessy

mother:
Dame Una Pope-Hennessy