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21 Mar 2012

Death of Judy Egerton, curator

eighteenth century painting of a tranquil landscape with lake, a horse being fed by a stable boy in a red jacket in forgeground
George Stubbs, 1724–1806, British, Pumpkin with a Stable-lad, 1774, beeswax and oil on panel, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection, B2001.2.69

“Judy Egerton represented the best of the old-fashioned amateur art historian and the importance of such figures in the real world of art, the art museum. With no academic qualifications in art or art history but a deep love of art and a lifetime of contact with the actual object as collector, recorder, cataloguer, exhibition organiser and writer, she was of a kind now almost extinct if not actually discouraged.” (obituary in The Times, 6 April 2012)