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Portrait of Sir John Forsdyke (1883-1979) wearing court dress.
Oil on canvas.
- Production date
Height: 768 millimetres
Width: 639 millimetres (C terrey)
- Curator's comments
- Forsdyke is shown here in full court dress, the only Director and Principal Librarian so depicted. Prior to this appointment in 1936 he was from 1932 Keeper of Greek & Roman Antiquities where he had the task of dealing with the formidable Sir Joseph Duveen who funded the gallery in which the Parthenon Sculptures are displayed.
Forsdyke was much involved in planning for the evacuation of the collections and the care of the Museum during the Second World War, situations requiring meticulous planning in which his inability to delegate proved advantageous. He remained on site throughout the Blitz during which the Museum was struck by bombs on a number of occasions.
Bentley Bridgewater (then Museum Secretary) used to comment that after painting some of the gold braid the artist got fed up and resorted to splodges.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
New Wing boardroom (to 2003)
Trustees' strongroom (in storage)
- For most recent condition report see Lynne Harrison, DCDS 2.8.05.
- Acquisition notes
- The cost of the portrait was funded by a body of suscribers, presumably on the sitter's retirement in 1950.
- Prints and Drawings
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