- Also known as
William Buller Fagg
primary name: Fagg, William Buller
other name: William Buller Fagg Charitable Trust
- individual; curator; academic/intellectual; British; Male
- Life dates
- Curator in the Department of Ethnography, 1938-74 (Keeper in 1969-74). Oversaw the move in 1972 to Burlington Gardens when the department became the Museum of Mankind. Always known as 'Bill'. Graduated from Cambridge in 1936 where he studied Classics, Archaeology and Anthropology. Elder brother of the archaeologist Bernard Fagg (q.v.). Awarded a CMG in 1967.
Numerous photographs taken by him are in the British Museum collection. He collected for the British Museum during fieldtrips to Nigeria, accessioned in :
1951 (Af1951,12.1 to 312) in Nigeria, Dahomey and Belgian Congo, collected between December 1949 and February 1950
1953 (Af1953.17.1 to 27) adire from Abeokuta and Ila, collected in 1953
1959 (Af1959,19.1 to 267) in Yorubaland, collected between October 1958 and April 1959
1969 (Af1969,36.1 to 17) in Algeria, among the Kabyle
After his death, his collection was bequeathed to the British Museum and accessioned in 1993 (Af1993.02.1 to 462). See Eth.Doc.121.
Fagg was a member of the Royal Anthropological Institute, and was made Vice President (1963-1973). His publications include: "The Sculpture of Africa" (1958), "Nigerian Images" (1963), "Africa and the Renaissance: Art In Ivory" (1988).
All posthumous donations by the William Buller Fagg Charitable Trust are entered under his name.
- The Guardian, July 16, 1992.
The Independent, July 14, 1992, p. 25
The Times, July 14, 1992, p. 17
J. Picton, ‘A tribute to William Fagg’, African Arts, 27/3 (1994), 26–9
J.Tomes, 'J. Fagg, William [Bill] Buller (1914–1992), ethnologist and art historian', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online).