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Ingram, Bruce Stirling, Sir

British, 1877 - 1963


Sir Bruce Stirling Ingram, who was editor of the Illustrated London News, was born in London on 5 May 1877, the second son of (Sir) William James Ingram and grandson of Herbert Ingram, who founded the publication, the world's first illustrated weekly newspaper, in 1842. Two of Ingram's particular interests throughout his life were archaeology and the collecting of pictures. When he was twenty Ingram began to collect illuminated manuscripts, but after selling his collection in 1936 he concentrated his attention on collecting paintings and drawings, particularly on marine subjects. Pre-eminent among his large collection were the works of the Dutch marine artists Willem van de Velde the Elder and the Younger (he contributed a note on their drawings to the catalogue of an exhibition held in 1937), 700 of which were presented to the National Maritime Museum to mark his eightieth birthday; but if the Dutch and Flemish schools remained his favorites Ingram also collected many representative works by artists less well known, and the largest part of the collection, which at one time consisted of more than 5,000 works, was devoted to the English schools. Among other museums that benefited from his collection were the Fitzwilliam at Cambridge, the Birmingham Art Gallery, and the Royal Scottish Museum.

As a collector Ingram was exceptionally generous in his attitude to lending, and many tributes were paid both to his readiness to deprive himself of large parts of his collection so that others could see and enjoy them in public exhibitions, and to the hospitality he showed towards other collectors and students at his home, in Great Pednor, Buckinghamshire. He was honorary keeper of drawings at the Fitzwilliam Museum, vice-president of the Society for Nautical Research, vice-president of the Navy Records Society, and honorary adviser on pictures and drawings to the National Maritime Museum. Ingram died at Great Pednor Manor, Buckinghamshire, 8 January 1963. (extracted from DNB.1961-1970.565-566)

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