Wednesday, February 15, 2017
The Digitized W.G. Constable Papers Now Available Online
The Smithsonian Archives of American Art has digitized and made
available online the papers of art historian and museum curator W.G.
(William George) Constable (1887-1976).
Born in Derby, England,
Constable joined the National Gallery in London in 1929 as Assistant
Director. The following year he became the first Director of the
Courtauld Institute. In 1938 he accepted a position as Curator of
Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston where he remained until his
retirement in 1957. During World War II he was involved in the
Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives Section of the the U.S. Army which
worked to protect European cultural sites from bombing and recovered art
looted by the Nazis.
The digitization of W.G. Constable’s papers, which includes lectures, writings, and notes; exhibition and
book research files; photographs, glass plate negatives, and slides; and
personal and professional correspondence, allow scholars around the
world to access materials that contribute to the understanding of
Constable's significance to museology and connoisseurship as well as the
role he played in World War II history.
To explore the W.G.
Constable papers, 1905-1983, visit the Archives of American Art:
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