Sir Augustus Moore Daniel

Director of the National Gallery during the early years of the Great Depression, Daniel’s directorship saw some major acquisitions including the Wilton Diptych and Titian’s The Vendramin Family.

Sir Augustus Moore Daniel was born on 6 December 1866. His interests were varied and included the study of paintings, but he was also a student of science and medicine.

His first experience of arts administration came when he served as Assistant Director of the British School at Rome between 1906 and 1907. In 1925 he was appointed a Trustee of the National Gallery, and in January 1929 he relinquished his trusteeship to become the Gallery's Director. He remained in this position until the end of 1933. Daniel died on 7 November 1950.

Image above: Detail from Walter Stoneman, 'Sir Augustus Moore Daniel', 1933. Bromide print, National Portrait Gallery, London (NPG x166977) © By Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery, London, s002

Selected acquisitions

English or French (?), The Wilton Diptych
The Wilton Diptych
English or French (?)
Gerrit van Honthorst: 'Saint Sebastian'
Saint Sebastian
Gerrit van Honthorst
Master of Saint Giles: 'The Mass of Saint Giles'
The Mass of Saint Giles
Master of Saint Giles
Francesco Pesellino and Fra Filippo Lippi and workshop: 'The Pistoia Santa Trinità Altarpiece'
Saints Zeno and Jerome
Francesco Pesellino and Fra Filippo Lippi and workshop