Blunt, Anthony

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Blunt, Anthony (1907–83) English art historian, director (1947–74) of the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, and surveyor of the King's (later Queen's) pictures (1945–72). Blunt was a formidable scholar, earning praise for his work on Nicolas Poussin. In 1979, his reputation was destroyed when it was disclosed that he had been a Soviet spy during World War II.

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