Howard Montagu Colvin 1919–2007

J. Mordaunt Crook

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

Published by British Academy

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780197264751
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734229 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Howard Montagu Colvin 1919–2007

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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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Subjects: Theory, Methods, and Historiography

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