Curator Emeritus of 18th- and 19th- Century Art
In 1966, William R. Johnston joined the staff of the Walters Art Museum as assistant director. Previously, he had served as general curator of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (1964-66) and as curator of the Robert Lehman Collection, New York (1962-63). He received his MA at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, in 1963 and a fellowship in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1962. Over the years, he has held various positions at the Walters including chief curator, associate director and senior curator at large as well as director of the archives and has organized, or co-organized, numerous exhibitions devoted to 18th and 19th- century European paintings, sculpture and decorative arts and American paintings. He is the author of William and Henry Walters; The Reticent Collectors. Presently, William Johnston is cataloguing the Jean M. Riddell collection of Russian enameled silver and the Olga Pertzoff collection of ethnic jewelry.