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Call No.: BER .16
Repository: Biblioteca Berenson, Villa I Tatti - The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies
Title: Clark, Kenneth: Correspondence
Date(s): Bulk, 1923-1950
Quantity: 2.0 boxes
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Incoming letters to Kenneth Clark and his wife Jane, with occasional carbon copies of Clark's responses and partial diary from 1934.
Papers of Kenneth Clark are held at Tate Gallery Archive.
Kenneth Clark was an art historian and a patron of the arts. He was born in London, and educated at Winchester and Trinity College, Oxford, where he gained a second class in modern history. In the autumn of 1925, art historian Bernard Berenson asked him to assist him in the revision of his corpus of Florentine drawings. In 1929 he was offered the task of cataloguing Leonardo da Vinci's drawings held at Windsor Castle. In 1931 he was appointed keeper of the Department of Fine Art at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. He was appointed director of the National Gallery in London, where he served in this capacity until 1945. In 1946 he resigned from the National Gallery to devote himself to his own writing. Between 1946 and 1950 he was Professor of fine art at Oxford. From 1953 to 1960 he was chairman of the Arts Council. His program series Civilisation broadcast on BBC in 1969. He was Chancellor of York University from 1969 to 1979 and a trustee of the British Museum.