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Ernest William Tristram

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Nationality  British
Name  Ernest Tristram
Fields  History of art
Institutions  Royal College of Art
Alma mater  Royal College of Art
Institution  Royal College of Art
Ernest William Tristram
Education  Carmarthen Grammar School
Known for  English Medieval Wall Painting (3 vols., 1944–1955)
Died  1952, Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
Books  English Medieval Wall Painting: The Twelfth Century

Ernest William Tristram (1882–1952) was a British art historian, artist and conservator, and Professor of Design at the Royal College of Art (1926–1948).



Tristram was born in Carmarthen, the son of Francis William Tristram, a railway inspector, and Sarah Harverson. After leaving Carmarthen Grammar School he studied at the Royal College of Art. In 1906 he joined the teaching staff, becoming professor of design in 1926.

He published on English medieval wall painting, and worked on the conservation of medieval murals with mixed results. He also wrote on the conservation of medieval monuments for The Times and the Burlington Magazine. His conservation included work on King Edward's Chair (the coronation chair) in Westminster Abbey.

He retired in 1948 and died in a nursing home in Newton Abbot in 1952.


  • English Medieval Wall Painting. The Twelfth Century (Oxford University Press, 1944)
  • English Medieval Wall Painting. The Thirteenth Century (Oxford University Press, 1950)
  • English Wall Painting of the Fourteenth Century (Routledge & Paul, 1955) – posthumous
  • References

    Ernest William Tristram Wikipedia

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