LONDON — Sir Lawrence Gowing, known as an artist and for the tapestry of words that he wove when writing about art, has died, the Royal Academy of Arts said.
Gowing, 72, died early Tuesday in London's Charing Cross Hospital of heart trouble.
At his death, Gowing was curator of the academy's collections, chairman of its exhibitions committee and former curatorial chairman of the Phillips Collection in Washington.
His book on the work of J.M.W. Turner, "Imagination and Reality," appeared in 1966 for an exhibition of Turner's art at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Another book, about art in Paris' Louvre museum, "Paintings in the Louvre," appeared in 1987 in Britain and sold well in the United States.