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curator , art auction company consultant

Louise Averill Svendsen was American curator, art auction company consultant. Decorated knight 1st class Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav, Swedish Order of the Polar Star. Member International Foundation for Art Research (board directors).


Svendsen, Louise Averill was born on November 22, 1915 in Old Town, Maine, United States. Daughter of Albert Guy and Louise Pierce Averill.


Bachelor, Wellesley College, 1937. Master of Arts, Yale University, 1941. Doctor of Philosophy, Yale University, 1949.


Docent Metropolitan Museum Art, New York City, 1941-1942. Lecturer department education Boston Museum Fine Arts, 1942-1943. Instructor history of art Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 1943-1945.

Instructor, assistant professor Goucher College, Baltimore, 1945-1950. Assistant professor American University, Washington, 1950-1951. Lector Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, 1954, assistant curator, 1962-1966, curator, 1966-1978, senior curator, 1978-1982, curator emeritus, 1983-1994.

Consultant Impressionist Department Sotheby's, 1983-1994.


Member International Foundation for Art Research (board directors).


Married Thoralf Svendsen, 1950 (deceased 1984).

Albert Guy

Louise Pierce Averill

Thoralf Svendsen