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Cahill, James, 1926-

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role Collector
dates 1926-
city Vancouver
other citiesWasington, DC; Berkley, CA;
sex M
historical notes Asian art historian, curator, and collector.

James Cahill took his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in 1958, and was Curator of Chinese Art at the Freer Gallery of Art from 1958. In 1965 he moved back to Berkeley, to teach there until his retirement in 1995. For the 1978-79 academic year he was Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard University, delivering a series of lectures that appeared in 1982 as a book (The Compelling Image) which in the following year won the College Art Association’s Morey Prize for the best art history book of 1982 The College Art Association awarded him its Lifetime Distinguished Teaching of Art History award in 1995, and at its 2004 annual meeting devoted a Distinguished Scholar session to him.

He lives now, 2007, in Vancouver with his wife Hsingyuan Tsao and their ten-year-old twin boys Julian and Benedict.
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
Freer|Sackler, Smithsonian Institution
James Cahill Papers, 1945-1996
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