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date: 07 July 2020

Clark, Kenneth (MacKenzie), Lord Clark of Saltwoodlocked

(b London, July 13, 1903; d Hythe, May 21, 1983).
  • David Cast


(b London, July 13, 1903; d Hythe, May 21, 1983).

English critic, historian and museum curator. He was educated at Winchester and at Trinity College, Oxford, and then immediately spent two years in Florence with Bernard Berenson, where he laid the foundations for his lifelong appreciation and knowledge of Italian art. In 1931 he was appointed Keeper of Fine Art at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, and from 1934 to 1939 he was Director of the National Gallery, London. In 1951 he was made Chairman of the Arts Council, London, and in 1954 Chairman of the Independent Television Authority. These last two were his only official posts after World War II, but he was active on innumerable committees and advisory boards, and he continued to write throughout his life.

Clark’s first book, The Gothic Revival, begun at Oxford and published in 1928, is a rich study of a style of architecture that had long been neglected. His Catalogue of the Drawings of Leonardo da Vinci …...

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