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

Peter Kidson's 80th birthday party at the Courtauld