The History of Art Research Seminars Series 2017-2018 begins with a talk by the eminent British art historian and former museum director Sir Mark Jones.
Sir Mark Jones read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Worcester College, Oxford and gained an MA at the Courtauld Institute of Art. He subsequently spent eighteen years in the Department of Coins and Medals at the British Museum (1974-1992), where he curated the acclaimed exhibition FAKE? The Art of Deception.
In 1992 he was appointed Director of the National Museums of Scotland, where he oversaw the creation in 1998 of the Museum of Scotland, the National War Museum of Scotland and the Museum of Scottish Country Life.
He was Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum between 2001 and 2011. During his directorship, he scrapped the entry charge to the museum and oversaw the completion of several renewal projects, including the Medieval and Renaissance, Ceramics, Buddhist Sculpture, Theatre and Performance and Gilbert Collection galleries.
He was awarded a knighthood in 2010 and served as Master of St Cross College, Oxford, from 2011 to 2016.
His talk explores the work of the British landscape painter Algernon Newton (1880-1968) and his part in British Realist Painting.
The talk is free and open to all. Drinks are served afterwards in the John Higgitt Gallery.