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Duncan Robinson CBE (1962)

Duncan Robinson CBE [1962] died in December 2022, aged 79. He was one of King’s most distinguished academics, an acknowledged expert in art history since the eighteenth century. Having left King’s to go to Clare College, Cambridge, after graduation he became first Assistant Keeper, later Keeper, in the Department of Paintings and Drawings at the famous Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. In addition, he became a Fellow of Clare College in 1975, as well as a lecturer. In 1981 he moved across the Atlantic to become Director of the Yale Center for British Art, and Professor of Art History at Yale University, whilst also holding the post of chief executive of the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in London. In 1995 he returned to the Fitzwilliam as its Director, a position he held until 2007, and also in 2002 became Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge. Unusually he continued to be director of studies at both Clare and Magdalene whilst Master, and also became deputy vice-chancellor of the University of Cambridge. He finally retired in 2012, having also been made CBE in 2008 for services to the heritage of art. Duncan was also a Trustee of the Royal Collection, Chair of the Henry Moore Foundation in the 2010s, and deputy lieutenant of the County of Cambridgeshire.

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