Wife Madge Garland
Winchester College, College St, Winchester SO23 9NA
University of Oxford, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3PA
Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL
Sir Arthur Leigh Bolland Ashton FSA (1897 - March 12, 1983) was a British art historian and director of the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Ashton was the son of the jurist A. J. Ashton KC, a court recorder in Manchester. He was educated at Winchester College and Balliol College, Oxford.
In 1945, he was appointed director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, taking over from Eric Maclagan. Ashton retired in 1955, and was succeeded by Trenchard Cox.
Sir (Arthur) Leigh Bolland Ashton, by Ray Strachey, Given by Barbara Strachey (Hultin, later Halpern), 1999, Reference Collection, NPG D202
In 1952, he married the fashion editor and academic Madge Garland, in a marriage of convenience, given that Ashton was gay and Garland in a longterm relationship with Dorothy Todd. They divorced in 1962, and had no children.
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