BINYON, Laurence Robert. Lancaster 10.8.1869 — Reading, Berkshire 10.3.1943. British Art Historian, Dramatist and Poet. Son of Frederick B. and Mary Dockray. Rducated in London and at Trinity College, Oxford (grad. 1893). Curator in British Museum Oriental Department, 1915-34 Keeper of Oriental Prints and Drawings. In WW I served in a British hospital in France. Visiting Professor of Poetry at Harvard 1933-34. In 1904 married Cicely Margaret Powell, a historian, 3 daughters. Friend and patron of Ezra Pound and Arthur Waley.
Publications: Examples of Indian Sculpture at the British Museum. 12 p. 12 pl. L. 1924.
– Guide to an Exhibition of Indian Painting. 6 p. L. 1927.
– The Poems of Nizami. 8+30 p. 16 pl. L. 1928.
– Akbar. 1932 (biography).
– also wrote on English, Persian and East Asian art; dramas; Collected Poems. 1-2. 1931; complete translation of the Divine Comedy of Dante. 1933-43.
Sources: Wikipedia (with three pictures); *J. Hatcher, Laurence Binyon: poet, scholar of East and West. Oxford 1995.
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