Getty gong for Lord Rothschild
J. Paul Getty medal awarded to the UK arts patron for achievements in philanthropy and conservation
By Hannah McGivern. Web only
Published online: 25 July 2014
Lord Jacob Rothschild, a member of the famous British banking dynasty, is the recipient of the 2014 J. Paul Getty medal for “extraordinary achievement in the fields of museology, art historical research, philanthropy, conservation and conservation science,” Getty President and CEO James Cuno announced yesterday (24 July). The second annual award will be given at a gala dinner on 9 November in Los Angeles.
Lord Rothschild is a high-profile supporter of the arts in the UK, having chaired the board of trustees at the National Gallery in London (1985-91), the National Heritage Memorial Fund (1992-98) and the Heritage Lottery Fund (1995-98). He has also served as a trustee at London's Courtauld Institute of Art, the State Hermitage Museum of St. Petersburg and the Qatar Museums Authority. In 1993, with Lord Sainsbury of Preston of Candover, he established the Butrint Foundation, a charity for the excavation and preservation of the ancient site of Butrint in Albania.
“No one embodies the ideals of the Getty medal more than Lord Rothschild,” Cuno said in a statement, adding that “he is without question the most influential volunteer cultural leader in the English-speaking world.” Cuno told the Los Angeles Times that there is no monetary prize with the award.
Over the past two decades, Rothschild, who is chairman of the investment trust RIT Capital Partners, has played a particularly active role in reinvigorating British built heritage. His campaigns have included the conversion of the 18th-century neoclassical building Somerset House in London into a public arts centre, and the development of Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, the Rothschilds' ancestral home, in conjunction with the National Trust.
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