Mon, October 23, 2006 • 6:00 PM • Prothro Theater in the HRC
Like many rich men of his generation, Andrew W. Mellon was constantly drawn to Britain. His father had been born in Ireland, his wife was English, and his son Paul would be a life-long anglophile. Mellon visited Britain regularly from the 1880s until the 1930s, and at one point considered moving there permanently. As an art collector, he was much influenced by the British dealer Duveen, and his collection included many eighteenth-century English portraits. For a brief time, Mellon served asDavid Cannadine is the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Professor of History at the Institute of Historical Research in the University of London, having previously taught at the Universities of Cambridge and Columbia. His books include The Decline and Fall of the British Aristocracy, Ornamentalism: How the British Saw their Empire, and In Churchill's Shadow. He is Chairman of the Trustees of the National Portrait Gallery, a Commissioner of English Heritage, a Trustee of the Kennedy Memorial Trust, a member of the Royal Mint Advisory Committee, and a Fellow of the British Academy.