Gerald Reitlinger

(1900—1978) writer and art collector

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(b. London, 2 March 1900; d. Beckley, 8 March 1978).

English collector, archaeologist and writer. Trained as an artist, Reitlinger traveled widely, taking part in two Oxford University archaeological expeditions to Iraq in the 1930s. After World War II he wrote three studies on the history of the Nazi period in Germany and many articles on art, both as a scholar and a journalist. His best-known work is the seminal three-volume study of the art market from 1750 to the 1960s. His residence at Woodgate House at Beckley, E. Sussex, was the site of almost legendary social gatherings and housed the major passion in his life, his art collection, which comprised some 2000 pieces, mainly Far Eastern and Islamic ceramics. Although a fire ravaged Woodgate House in February 1978, the collection was spared, and after Reitlinger's death a few weeks later, it came to the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. Some of the most important pieces in the collection were published in the catalogue accompanying a memorial exhibition.

From The Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Art.

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