(b London, Dec 4, 1879; d Spain, Sept 14, 1951).
English museum curator. In 1905 he joined the Victoria and Albert Museum in London as an Assistant in the Department of Textiles; subsequently he moved to the Department of Architecture and Sculpture. His lifelong career at the Museum was interrupted during World War I, by a period of service (1916–19) in the Foreign Office and the Ministry of Information. In 1921 he became Keeper of the Department of Architecture and Sculpture. He concentrated on the study of Italian sculpture and he compiled, in collaboration with Margaret Longhurst, the Museum’s Catalogue of Italian Sculpture (1932). Though superseded in 1964 by John Pope-Hennessy’s Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum, Maclagan’s work remains a monument of careful scholarship, which took full account of the advances made by Wilhelm von Bode in the study of sculpture.
As a museum curator he initiated some notable purchases, including a ...