Blunt, Anthony Frederick, Sir
Born: Sep 26, 1907 AD
Died: 1983 AD, at 75 years of age.
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.
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