Watson Gordon Chair of Fine Art

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The Watson Gordon Chair of Fine Art is a Professorship at the University of Edinburgh.

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  1. Wikisource-logo.svg "Gordon, John Watson". Dictionary of National Biography . 1885–1900.
  2. Turner, James (2014). Philology: The Forgotten Origins of the Modern Humanities. Princetown University Press. p. 317.
  3. Robertson, Giles (July 1976). "letter". The Burlington Magazine. 118 (880): 516. JSTOR   878469.
  4. "Top French honours for Capital arts historians". The Scotsman . 14 January 2013. Retrieved 27 July 2016.