EXCELLENT CONNOISSEUR: Mr. Thomas Pearsall Field Hoving

Mourning the recent death of the Outstandingly Excellent (?) Thomas P.F. Hoving, former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and former editor of the long-deceased Connoisseur magazine (1981-1991). Excellent condolence email quote shared by the Outstandingly Excellent journalist Michael Gross, author of the very controversially explosive and Excellent Rogues Gallery: The Secret History of the Moguls and the Money That Made the Metropolitan Museum, via his Excellent website: “He was a remarkable guy, full of life and humor, a little crazy like the very best of us.”

The Excellent (?) Thomas P.F. Hoving at a party in New York shortly after becoming director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in 1967. Image by Marty Lederhandler for the Associated Press via The New York Times.

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