James Mann (curator)

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Sir James Gow Mann[1] KCVO,[2] MA (23 September 1897 – 5 December 1962) was an eminent figure in the art world in the mid twentieth century, specialising in the study of armour.[3]

He was educated at Winchester College and New College, Oxford [4] and served in the World War I from 1916 to 1919 with the Royal Artillery. He was Assistant-Keeper of the Department of Fine Art at the Ashmolean and then Reader in the History of Art at the University of London before becoming Director of the Wallace Collection in 1936. He was Master of the Armouries at The Tower of London from 1939 [5] and Surveyor of the Queen’s Works of Art from 1952; and held both posts until his death.[6]

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  1. ^ NPG details
  2. ^ London Gazette 1 January 1957
  3. ^ Amongst others he wrote "The Armoury of the Castle of Churburg", 1929; "Spanish Armour of the Xth-XVth Centuries", and "The etched Decoration of Armour", 1962 > British Library web site accessed 15:27 GMT Wednesday 15 February 2012
  4. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  5. ^ Royal Armouries
  6. ^ Obituary: Sir James Mann The Times (London, England), Friday, 7 December 1962; pg. 15; Issue 55568