Louis Alexander Fagan

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Louis Alexander Fagan
Louis Alexander Fagan by John Singer Sargent
Born 7 February 1845
Naples, Italy
Died 5 January 1903
Nationality Italian/British
Employer British Museum

Louis Alexander Fagan (7 February 1845 – 5 January 1903) was an Anglo-Italian writer. He worked in the Department of Prints and Drawings for the British Museum from 1869 to 1894.


Louis Alexander Fagan was born in 1845 in Naples, Italy. His grandfather was Robert Fagan[1]

He was the Keeper of Engravings at the British Museum from 1869 to 1894. In 1876 he wrote The Handbook to the Department[1]

On 5 January 1903, he died in Florence.[2]


On 8 November 1887, he married Caroline Frances Purves.[2]


  • British Museum. Dept. of Prints and Drawings, Handbook to the Department of prints and drawings in the British museum (1876)
  • The life and correspondence of Sir Anthony Panizzi, K. C. B., late principal librarian of the British museum, senator of Italy, etc. (1881)[3] in 2 vols. v.1 v.2
  • The Masters of Raffaello (1882)
  • Collector's marks (1883)
  • The Art of Michel'Angelo Buonarroti … in the British Museum (1883)
  • Raffaello Sanzio, his sonnet in the British museum: studied (1884)
  • A catalogue raisonné of the engraved works of William Woollett (1885)
  • 1836-1886. The Reform club: its founders and architect (1887)
  • The Engraved Works of William Faithorne (1888)
  • Mezzotint Engravings Relating to Ireland or to Irish Artists (1888)
  • An easy walk through the British museum, or, How to see it in a few hours (1891)
  • History of engraving in England, illustr. by 100 typical examples reprod. from rare prints in the British museum (1893)


  1. ^ a b Louis A. Fagan, List of donors, British Museum, accessed June 2010
  2. ^ a b  Owen, W. B. (1912). "Fagan, Louis Alexander". In Lee, Sidney. Dictionary of National Biography, 1912 supplement​. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  3. ^ "Review of The Life of Sir Anthony Panizzi, K.C.B. by Louis Fagan and Lettere ad Antonio Panizzi and Prosper Mérimée. Lettres à Panizzi, 1850–1870". The Quarterly Review. 151: 463–501. April 1881.


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