Jon Whiteley

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Jon Whiteley
Born(1945-02-19)19 February 1945
Died16 May 2020(2020-05-16) (aged 75)
  • actor
  • art historian
Spouse(s)Linda Whiteley

Jon Whiteley (19 February 1945 – 16 May 2020)[1] was a Scottish child actor and art historian.

Life and career[edit]

The Monymusk-born Whiteley appeared in five films during his brief acting career, and it was for the second of these, The Kidnappers (US: The Little Kidnappers, 1953), that he, along with co-star Vincent Winter, was awarded an Academy Juvenile Award. He appeared in only three more films, including The Spanish Gardener (1956), before his film acting career was effectively put on hold when his mother insisted on him passing the Eleven plus exam. After appearing twice more for TV credits, his acting career ended.

Whiteley was educated at Pembroke College, Oxford, whereafter he became a respected art historian at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. He wrote his doctorate on the revival in painting of themes inspired by antiquity in mid-nineteenth-century France. He catalogued all the French Drawings in the Ashmolean, and authored and co-authored several books on artists including Ingres, Puvis de Chavannes and Claude Lorrain. He published a book on the Ashmolean's Stringed Instruments in 2009, and was working on a catalogue of the later French paintings in the Museum.

His wife was art historian Linda Whiteley; the couple had two children. He was made a chevalier (knight) of the French Order of Arts and Letters in May 2009.[2] The cause of his death was not made public, neither was the date or location of his funeral.


Year Title Role Notes
1952 Hunted Robbie aka The Stranger in Between (USA)
1953 The Kidnappers (US: The Little Kidnappers) Harry Academy Juvenile Award
1955 Moonfleet John Mohune
1956 The Spanish Gardener Nicholas Brande
The Weapon Erik Jenner
1957 The Adventures of Robin Hood Davey Episode - The Christmas Goose
1966 Jericho Louis Mordain Episode - Wall to Wall Kaput


  • Jon Whiteley (1 March 2004), The Ashmolean Museum: Complete Illustrated Catalogue of Paintings, Ashmolean Museum, ISBN 978-1854441874
  • Jon Whiteley (1 January 1989), Oxford and the Pre-Raphaelites, Ashmolean Handbooks (second ed.), Ashmolean Museum, ISBN 978-0907849940
  • Jon Whiteley (July 1979), 19th Century European Drawings in the Ashmolean Museum, Ashmolean Museum, ISBN 978-0900090622
  • Jon Whiteley (31 January 2011), Lucien Pissarro in England: The Eragny Press 1895-1914, Ashmolean Museum, ISBN 978-1854442536
  • Jon Whiteley (28 December 2011), Claude Lorrain and the Poetry of Landscape, Lund Humphries Publishers Ltd
  • Jon Whiteley (June 1977), Ingres, Hippocrene Books, ISBN 978-0846702498


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