Friends of Hastings Cemetery
...........By the end of the nineteenth century, men like Arthur Banks Skinner were taking the haphazard knowledge of the hosts of Victorian collectors and connoisseurs and beginning to formalize it into the discipline that we now know as art history. ([the quotes in the book are from Skinner’s obit on the Times 9.3.1911] Magpies, squirrels and thieves: how the Victorians collected the world : Yallop, Jacqueline. pp.116-
An Anne Simpson Skinner, is buried in BK D01, she died in February 1919, aged 84. The dates suggest she is his Mother.
Civil List Pensions -
Mrs Bertha Julia Skinner, in recognition of the valuable services of her husband, the late Mr Arthur Banks Skinner, in connection with the art collections in the Victoria and Albert Museum, and in consideration of the circumstances in which she has been placed by his premature death...
“………A mark of what could be perceived as either extraordinary generosity or arrogance was his offer to finance a study-
'I am so glad you find it feasible to let Skinner come for a three-
Mr A. B. Skinner
The funeral of Mr Arthur Banks Skinner took place on Saturday at Hastings. The Rev. C. Silvester Horne and the Rev. Dr. Armstrong Black, Presbyterian minister, officiated. Mr Last, Mr Watts, Mr Martin and Mr Maclagan represented the Victoria and Albert Museum, with which Mr Skinner had been associated for more than 30 years.
Wreaths were sent from the Art Museum and the Science Museum, and the police of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Times, London, England 13 March 1911