Philip Pouncey, who died on 12 November 1990, is reputed to have made this remark in regards to his life as a connoisseur of Italian drawings. Pouncey was inspired to pursue a career in art history after seeing the 1930 exhibition Italian Art, 1200–1900 held at the Royal Academy in London. He held posts at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; the National Gallery, London; the National Gallery in Aberystwyth, Wales; the British Museum; and Sotheby’s, London. In addition to writing important catalogues of the British Museum’s extensive collection of Italian drawings, Pouncey visited most drawings collections in Europe and America, making attributions and annotations as he went.

Reference: Nicholas Turner. “Pouncey, Philip.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press.

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