Evan Charteris

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The Hon. Sir Evan Edward Charteris (29 January 1864 – 16 November 1940, Jesmond Hill, Pangbourne) was an English biographer, barrister and arts administrator. He published notable biographies of his friend John Singer Sargent and of Edmund Gosse.

Life[edit]

Evan Edward Charteris was the youngest child of Francis Charteris, 10th Earl of Wemyss and Lady Anne Frederica Anson, second daughter of Thomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield.[1] Educated at Eton, he was gazetted to a commission in the Coldstream Guards before spending 1887-88 at Balliol College, Oxford. Called to the Bar from the Inner Temple in 1891, he practiced at the Parliamentary Bar.[2] In 1886 he was one of the founders of the Queen's Club in London.[3]

From 1914 to 1918 he rejoined the Army as a Staff captain.[2] He was made King's Counsel in 1919.[4]

He became chairman of the Trustees of the National Portrait Gallery in 1928, and chairman of the Tate Gallery Board in 1934. He was also a Trustee of the National Gallery and the Wallace Collection.[5] He was knighted in 1932,[2] and in 1938 elected a member of the Athenaeum.[5]

On 9 August 1930 he married Lady Dorothy Margaret Browne, the elder daughter of Valentine Browne, 5th Earl of Kenmare and Hon. Elizabeth Baring, and the widow of Lord Edward Grosvenor.[1]

Works[edit]

  • (ed.) A short account of the affairs of Scotland : in the years 1744, 1745, 1746
  • William Augustus, duke of Cumberland, his early life and times (1721-1748), 1913
  • William Augustus, duke of Cumberland and the seven years' war, 1925
  • John Sargent; with reproductions from his paintings and drawings, 1927
  • The Life and Letters of Sir Edmund Gosse, London, 1931

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "thepeerage.com". Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c The Times, 18 November 1940, p. 9
  3. ^ McKelvie, Roy (1986). The Queen's Club Story, 1886-1986. London: Stanley Paul. p. 13. ISBN 0091660602. 
  4. ^ Who Was Who
  5. ^ a b Announcements, Nature 141 (19 March 1938), p. 509

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