Christopher Gibbs: On Sheridan Dufferin as an Eton schoolboy



Sheridan Dufferin. Courtesy Collection Kasmin. Image not licensed for reuse.

Christopher Gibbs (1938-2018) casts his mind back to first knowing Sheridan Dufferin when they were schoolboys at Eton in the early 1950s. Sheridan’s full title was Sheridan Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, 5th Marquess of Dufferin and Ava. He was a descendant of the playwright Brinsley Sheridan, and an heir to a Guinness fortune. An art collector, Sheridan became the backer for Kasmin Limited and, in 1963, of the Kasmin Gallery. As well as their professional association, he and John Kasmin were great friends. Sheridan Dufferin died in 1988.

Christopher Gibbs was recorded by National Life Stories for Artists’ Lives in sessions between 1999-2015. The interviewer was Cathy Courtney.



Oh Sheridan, I was at school with him.  We were in, I suppose we probably arrived at Eton the same year.  What that would be, mm, have to think.  It would have to be, hang on.  1952, or something like that, 1952, 3.  And, we were more or less exact contemporaries.  And, and I think he was in Mr Prescott’s house, H.K.P, who was a very nice chap, and a very good, good lot of people.  And, we…  No, I, my first recollection of him is in the French Division, up to, as we called it, up to Mr Brocklebank, T.A.B, for short.  And, and Sheridan was always sort of, you know, dry, droll, astringent, sweet with it.  He was very curious about things and art and, all that side of life.  I mean he was just as interested in old things as he was in new things. 

When he was a schoolboy, what did he look like?

What did he look like?  Sort of, floppity hair, and, pale, and, and slight, and amused, and, you know, sort of, curious, and wry, and, droll and all those words.

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