Biography and History

Roger Packman Hinks was born on June 22, 1903. His father, Arthur Hinks CBE FRS was secretary of the Royal Astronomical Society, Secretary of the Royal Geographical Society, and Gresham Lecturer in Astronomy. Roger was a King's Scholar at Westminster and went on to Trinity, Cambridge, where he took a second in the Classical Tripos.

In 1924 he spent a year at the British School in Rome, under the famous and eccentric Eugenie Strong, and from 1926 to 1939 he was an assistant Keeper in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities in the British Museum. He was forced to resign from this position as the result of a public scandal over the cleaning of the Elgin Marbles. From the British Museum he went to the Warburg Institute and, in 1942, was sent, as second secretary, to the British Legation in Stockholm.

In 1945 he joined the British Council and was representative in Rome (1945-1949), Holland (1949-1954), and Greece (1954-1957). After a two-year stint in London, he went to Paris in 1959, where he died in 1963 at the age of 59.

His major publications, apart from catalogues for the British Museum, were Carolingian Art (1935), Myth and Allegory in Ancient Art (1939), and Caravaggio, His Life - His Legend - His Works (1953).

Source: From the finding aid for C0369

Biography and History

R. P. Hinks was an English art historian.

Source: From the finding aid for C0796


  • Art historians -- England..
  • Roger Hinks Papers. 1932-1968 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C0369

    The collection consists of the original diaries (with typed transcriptions) of art historian Roger Hinks, with early and final drafts of The Gymnasium of the Mind: The Journals of Roger Hinks, 1933-1963 (1984), the publication edited by John Goldsmith that resulted from them. Included are some related correspondence, photographs, and estate material.

  • R. P. Hinks Letters to Robert Cecil. 1950-1963 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C0796

    Consists of approximately 200 letters and postcards (1950-1963) written by English art historian R. P. Hinks to friend and curator R. A. Cecil.