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Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 166, Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, IX$
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Ron Johnston

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264751

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264751.001.0001

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Howard Montagu Colvin 1919–2007

Howard Montagu Colvin 1919–2007

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Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 166, Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, IX

J. Mordaunt Crook

British Academy

Sir Howard Colvin played a key role in the creation of architectural history as a university discipline. Before he began work in the 1940s, much of what passed for design attribution was based on little more than legend. Colvin's labours put paid to all that. He also had a significant career in public service. Colvin spent fourteen years on the Historic Buildings Council for England (1970–84); thirteen years on the Royal Commission on Historical Monuments of England (1963–76) and twelve years on its Scottish counterpart (1977–89); as well as seven years on the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts (1981–8) and ten years on the Royal Fine Art Commission (1962–72).

Keywords:   architectural historian, architectural history, biography, obituary

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