Ernest Pooley

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Sir Ernest Henry Pooley, 1st Baronet GCVO (20 November 1876 – 13 February 1966), was a British arts administrator.

Pooley was educated at Pembroke College, Cambridge. He was knighted in 1932[1] and made a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) in 1943.[2] From 1946 to 1953 he was Chairman of the Arts Council of Great Britain. He was created a baronet, of Westbrook House in the Parish of Tillington in the County of Sussex, in January 1953.[3] He was further honoured when he was made a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO) in 1956.[4] He published The Guilds Of The City Of London in 1947. Pooley died in February 1966, aged 89, when the baronetcy became extinct.


  1. ^ "No. 33838". The London Gazette. 24 June 1932. p. 4112. 
  2. ^ "No. 36309". The London Gazette. 31 December 1943. p. 7. 
  3. ^ "No. 39777". The London Gazette. 13 February 1953. p. 906. 
  4. ^ "No. 40960". The London Gazette. 28 December 1956. p. 5. 

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Cultural offices
Preceded by
The Lord Keynes
Chairman of the Arts Council of Great Britain
Succeeded by
Kenneth Clark
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
(of Westbrook House)