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Blunt, Anthony Frederick, Sir

Born: 1907 AD
Died: 1983 AD
Nationality: English
Categories: Historian

1907 – Blunt was born on the 26th of September in Bournemouth. English art historian and spy.

       – He was the member of Kim Philby spy ring.

       – Educated at Marlborough College, where he was a contemporary of Louis.

1932 – Became a Fellow of the college.

1965 – He was Slade Professor of Fine Art in Cambridge.

       – Member of the Cambridge Apostles, a secret society that at that time was Marxist.

1934 – Blunt was recruited by the NKVD (forerunner of the KGB).

       – Blunt was instrumental in recruiting Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean.

1939 – He joined the British Army.

1940 – Recruited to MI5, the military intelligence department.

       – He passed on ULTRA intelligence from decrypted Enigma messages to the Soviet Union.

1947-1974 – He became director of the Courtauld Institute of Art.

1945 – Became Surveyor of the King’s Pictures, and retained the post under Queen Elizabeth II.

1951 – Helped arrange defections of Guy Burgess and Donald MacLean.

1956 – He was knighted as a KCVO and retained the post until 1972.

       – Attended a summer school in Sicily; this led to a deep interest in Sicilian architecture.

1968 – Wrote the only authoritative and in-depth book on Sicilian Baroque.

1964 – Confronted by British authorities and confessed on 23rd of April.

1979 – His spying career remained an official secret until Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher publicly named him.

1983 – Anthony Frederick Blunt died on 26th of March.