Miniaturist, illustrator and writer, born and lived in Cambridge. In 1934 Lister was apprenticed to the family firm, eventually becoming a director of George Lister & Sons, specialising in architectural metalwork and carrying out restoration around the country. He was made Prime Warden of the Blacksmiths’ Company, 1989–90. Dr Lister was a noted art historian, specialising in British romantic art, a fellow of Wolfson College and a syndic of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 1981–90. Among his many books were Samuel Palmer and his Etchings, 1969; The Letters of Samuel Palmer, 1975; George Richmond, 1981; and Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of Samuel Palmer, 1988. His autobiography, With My Own Wings, appeared in 1994. Lister studied privately with the miniaturist Albert Cousins.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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