Issue 20 : Autumn 2005
On Thursday 15 September the Courtauld hosted a drinks
party to celebrate George Zarnecki’s 90th birthday. As Conway Librarian,
lecturer, professor and long-standing deputy director, George’s
contribution to the vitality and reputation of the Courtauld was incomparable.
The guests formed a veritable Who’s Who of art history in post-war
England: past Professors at the Courtauld, a Keeper of the Queen’s
Pictures, and an ex-director of the V&A. Three generations of his
family were there, past students and friends, and younger Polish scholars
whom George continues, characteristically, to support. For most of the
time George sat beaming in a chair, while the seat next to him was occupied
by a continuous stream of well-wishers and friends, who came to pay court
to one of the most generous, influential and beloved figures in the history
of the Institute.
Prof. Paul Crossley