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Mary Chamot (8 November 1899 - 10 May 1993) was a Russian-born English art historian and museum curator, and the first woman curator at the Tate Gallery.

Mary Chamot
Portrait of Mary Chamot.jpg
Portrait of Mary Chamot 1927, by Nadia Benois
Born(1899-11-08)8 November 1899
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died10 May 1993(1993-05-10) (aged 93)
Wadhurst, United Kingdom
EducationSlade School
Partner(s)Lulette Gerebzov[1]


Mary Chamot was born on 8 November 1899 in Strelna, near Saint Petersburg, the only child of father, Alfred Edward Chamot (English-born and of French descent), an administrator of the Imperial Palace Gardens at Strelna, and Elisabeth Chamot (née Grooten), of Dutch and German origin.[2][3]

After the Russian revolution, the family moved to England, and she earned a Fine Art Diploma from the Slade School in 1922.[2]

In 1949, she became the first woman curator at London's Tate Gallery.[2]

Her friends included Stanley Spencer, Gilbert Spencer, the Carlines, Lord Methuen, Edward Bawden and Jim Ede.[2]

Chamot died in 10 May 1993 in Wadhurst, East Sussex, England.[2]


  • English Medieval Enamels (1930)
  • Modern Painting in England (1937)
  • Painting in England from Hogarth to Whistler (1939)


  1. ^ Lee, Hermione (2014). Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. ISBN 0804170495.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Obituary: Mary Chamot". Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  3. ^ Farr, Dennis. "Chamot, Mary". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 19 June 2018.