John Steegman research papers on Sir Francis Grant

Scope and Content

The archive contains research on Sir Francis Grant, 2 boxes holding a card index of portraits by Grant, arranged alphabetically by sitter and a further 2 boxes containing the following folders of research by Steegman:

1 - Biographical notes on Grant
2 - Correspondence with owners of Grant pictures in Scotland and north east England
3 - Miscellaneous correspondence
4 - Lists of portraits and owners
5 - Correspondence with publishers
6 - Correspondence specific pictures
7 - Correspondence specific pictures
8 - Correspondence specific pictures
9 - Correspondence specific pictures

Administrative / Biographical History

John Edward Horatio Steegmann (later Steegman) was born on 10 Dec 1899; his father, E. J. Steegmann was a bacteriologist. He was educated at Clifton College, and served in the Royal Field Artillery for a short time before coming up to King's College in 1919. During his time at King's, Steegman was a cox for the college boat club. He graduated in 1921 with an Ordinary Degree in History and Modern Languages.

After a few years of travelling tutorships and work as an art and drama critic, he was employed at the National Portrait Gallery from 1925-1945, with a short break during the Second World War when he was lecturing for the British Council and organised the Sala de l'Alianca at the Lisbon Centenaries Exhibition. From 1945 he was Keeper of the Department of Art at the National Museum of Wales, then in 1952 he became Director of the Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal. After his resignation in 1959 he spent half of each year travelling and lecturing abroad and half of the year in London entertaining friends. He died on 15 April 1966 at Coffinswell, Devon.

Honours: OBE, 1952

Biographical description from online catalogue of King's College Archive Centre, Cambridge: The papers of John Steegman, accessed Jul 2017 []

Access Information

Available to view by appointment in the Heinz Archive and Library Public Study Room, to make an appointment contact Archive Reception . Although records are generally available for public consultation, some information in them, such as personal data or information supplied to the Gallery in confidence, may be restricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Personal photography is permitted for research purposes only. Photocopying is not permitted.