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Joseph William Comyns Carr (1849 - 1916)

RA Collection: People and Organisations

English drama and art critic, gallery director, author, poet, playwright and theatre manager. Carr was a vigorous advocate for Pre-Raphaelite art and a vocal critic of the “short-sighted” art establishment. In 1877 he became a director of the Grosvenor Gallery which promoted Pre-Raphaelite painters and other important exhibitors, such as James McNeill Whistler, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Edward Burne-Jones. Ten years later he founded the rival New Gallery. In 1873, Carr became an art critic for the Pall Mall Gazette.


Born: 1 March 1849 in Marylebone

Died: 12 December 1916

Gender: Male

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