Anthony Blunt (1907-1983) was a British art historian and double agent.
As a Cambridge lecturer, he recruited for the Soviet secret service, and, as a member of the British Secret Service (1940-1945), passed information to the Russians.
In 1951 he assisted the defection to the USSR of the British agents Guy (Burgess and Donald Maclean (1913-1983). He was author of many respected works on French and Italian art.
Unmasked in 1964, he was given immunity after his confession, but was stripped of his knighthood in 1979 when the affair became public.
He was director of the Courtauld Institute of Art (1947-1974) and Surveyor of the Queen's Pictures (1945-1972).
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