Papers of Denys Miller Sutton, 1917-1991, art critic and editor of Apollo

Scope and Content

  • Correspondence and other documents relating to the period 1940-1990

The collection includes his correspondence as editor of Apollo

  • working files
  • drafts of articles and books
  • press cuttings
  • publications

Administrative / Biographical History

Denys Miller Sutton was born in 1917 . He was educated at Uppington School and Exter College, Oxford, England. Between 1940 and 1946  he worked in the Foreign Office Research Department before leaving and becoming the Secretary of the International Commission for Restitution of Cultural Material. In 1948  he became a Fine Arts Specialist for UNESCO and was a Fine Art Critic for Country Lifeand the Financial Times. He became a visiting lecturer at Yale University, USA, in 1949 and from 1962 he was editor of the art magazine, Apollo.Active on the international art scene, Sutton organised many high profile art exhibitions in England and America as well as publishing books on Picasso, French and Flemish art, the history of Christies auction house, contemporary art and the artist James Whistler. He died in 1991 .

Source: Who's Who 1979 (London: A & C Black, 1979)


The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received

Access Information

Conditions governing access restricted pending review by family. Written application required.

Acquisition Information

Gift : Denys Sutton : 1990 : ACCN 4513

Gift : Cynthia Sutton : 1992-1998 : ACCNs 4610, 4612, 4639, 4669, 4710, 4716

Other Finding Aids

The material has yet to be formally listed but a preliminary checklist is available within the Special Collections department

Some related material can be found via the department's online manuscripts catalogue available at  searching by the name Sutton

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Archivist's Note

Compiled by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 22 March 2002

No alterations made to date

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Head of Special Collections

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use & condition of documents

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 247 procedures

Custodial History

Correspondence and other documents relating to the period 1962-1989 were donated by Denys Sutton in 1990. A large quantity of additional material was given to the Library by his wife, Mrs Cynthia Sutton, in 1992, 1993, 1995 and 1998.


None expected

Related Material

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