Both Marina Vaizey and Edward Chaney have reminded me of the writings of William Gaunt. As a teenager, I remember reading his books about Victorian art, particularly The Aesthetic Adventure, which was a pioneering and extremely well written account of the aesthetic movement, and Victorian Olympus about Victorian classicism, both written at a time when Victorian art was still deeply unfashionable. He was, as Marina has pointed out, representative of an era when studies of British art were written by men of letters, rather than academics. Gaunt was the child of a chromolithographer, fought in the first world war, and then studied modern history at Oxford where he was a friend of Cyril Connolly and John Rothenstein. He then went to the Ruskin and worked as a freelance artist. Unlike Whitley, he doesn’t get an entry in DNB, presumably because he was an amateur.