Keith Andrews (art historian)

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Keith Andrews
Kurt Aufrichtig

(1920-10-11)11 October 1920
Died 4 April 1989(1989-04-04) (aged 68)
Nationality British
Other names Edinburgh
Occupation art historian
Years active 1955-1989

Keith Andrews FRSE FSA (Hamburg, 11 October 1920 - 4 April 1989 in Edinburgh, Scotland), born Kurt Aufrichtig, was a British art historian of German extraction.


Andrews' father was Breslau born Max Aufrichtig (1879–1950), a banker in Hamburg. His mother, Sabine Kalter (1889–1957), was a leading mezzo-soprano at the State Opera.

The family fled Nazi Germany in 1934 and settled in London.[1]

Andrews was sent to the International Quaker School at Eerde in the Dutch province of North Brabant. He contracted Poliomyelitis at the age of 17 which, apart from preventing his attendance of a university, left him dependant on walking aids for the rest of his life.[1] He took employment at Messrs. Seligman Brothers, an antiquarian bookseller in Cecil Court, and attended evening lectures at the Courtauld Institute, where he earned a diploma in 1953.[2]


Andrews' began as Curator of Liverpool City Libraries in 1955[3] before moving to Edinburgh in 1958 to begin his leadership of the Department of Prints and Drawings at National Gallery of Scotland.

His publications on the German Adam Elsheimer (1578–1610) are of particular importance.[2]

Selected publications

  • The Nazarenes. A Brotherhood of German Painters in Rome, London 1964.
  • The Elsheimers inventory and other documents, in: The Burlington Magazine 114, 1972, S. 595–600.
  • A Pseudo-Elsheimer-group: Adriaen van Stalbemt as figure painter, in: The Burlington Magazine 115, 1973, S. 301–306.
  • Elsheimer and Dürer: an attempt towards a clarification of Elsheimer's early work, in: Münchner Jahrbuch der bildenden Kunst, 24, 1973, S. 159–174.
  • Adam Elsheimer. Paintings-Drawings-Prints, Oxford 1977. Revidierte deutsche Ausgabe: Adam Elsheimer. Werkverzeichnis der Gemälde, Zeichnungen und Radierungen, München 1985.


  1. ^ a b White, Christopher (October 1989). "Obituaries: Keith Andrews". The Burlington Magazine. 131 (1039): 706–708. JSTOR 883994.
  2. ^ a b Lenz, Christian (1989). "Keith Andrews (1920-1989)". Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte. 52 (2): 298–299. JSTOR 1482487.
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