(b Ilminster, Jan 24, 1880; d London, July 3, 1959).
English writer and art historian . After studying at the Royal Academy Schools, London, Baker initially pursued a career as an artist and commentator, exhibiting at the New England Art Club while writing columns for The Outlook. In 1911 he became art critic for the Saturday Review. That year he was also appointed as private assistant to Sir Charles Holroyd (1861–1917), Director of the National Gallery; three years later he was promoted to Keeper, a position he continued to hold under Holroyd’s successor, Charles John Holmes (1868–1936), until Holmes’s retirement in 1928. In 1928 Baker was appointed Surveyor of the King’s Pictures. Four years later, following disagreements with the National Gallery’s Board of Trustees, he resigned his post at the Gallery and accepted an appointment at the Huntingdon Library, San Marino, CA; he remained there until 1949, during which time he did much to make the Huntingdon’s collection more available to the scholarly world at large....
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Subjects: History of Art ; 20th-Century Art
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