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Alexander Joseph Finberg (1866 - 1939)

RA Collection: People and Organisations

Art historian, focusing on the history of British art. Founder of the Walpole Society in 1911. An expert on J. M. W. Turner. In 1905, Findberg was commissioned to catalogue and organise the paintings in the Turner Bequest. In so doing he rediscovered numerous previously unknown Turner canvases which led to Joseph Duveen, 1st Baron Duveen to build a new wing devoted to Turner at the Tate Gallery. His resulting publication of the Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest (1909) is still widely used by contemporary scholars and students.


Born: 23 April 1866 in 20 Robinson Road, Bethnal Green, London, England, United Kingdom

Died: 15 March 1939

Gender: Male

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