Roy Strong was appointed director of the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) in 1967 at the age of thirty-two. Today it would be astonishing to head one of the United Kingdom’s national collections at that age; five decades ago it was outrageous. Only Kenneth Clark at thirty was younger when he became director of the National Gallery. Strong’s ascent to the NPG has stayed in his mind as the fulcrum of his professional life.
From nowhere to somewhere
The rise of an aesthete from Winchmore Hill
Self-Portrait as a Young Man
by Roy Strong
Bodleian Library (Inbooks), $59.95 hb, 296 pp, 9781851242825
Patrick McCaughey, formerly Director of the National Gallery of Victoria, the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford Connecticut, and the Yale...
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