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Edmund Capon
Born 1940
Nationality British
Occupation Art historian

Edmund George Capon AM, OBE, (born 1940) is an art scholar specialising in Chinese art. He has been director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales since 1978. He was also the Chairman of Football club, Sydney FC from 2006 to 2007.[1]


Early years

Capon, born in London, United Kingdom in 1940, obtained a Master of Philosophy degree (MPhil) in Chinese art and archaeology (including language) from London University's School of Oriental and African Studies, and also studied 20th-century painting at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London University. From 1973-1978 he held the position of assistant keeper, Far Eastern Section at the Victoria and Albert Museum, having started there in 1966 in the Textile Department.[2]

Australian career


Director of AGNSW

Capon left London in 1978 to take up an appointment as Director and Chief Curator of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, on the recommendation of the Premier of New South Wales, Neville Wran.[1]

During his tenure as Director, Capon became recognised as a world expert in his particular field and has published several books and catalogues including Princes of jade (1974); Art and archaeology in China (1977); Qin Shihuang: terracotta warriors and horses (1982); and Tang China: vision and splendour of a golden age (1989), as well as many articles for Australian and international newspapers and professional art journals. Under his Directorship, the gallery focused more on asian arts in its acquisitions, including the opening of a new asian wing in March 2003. In September 2008 the gallery announced that it was making its biggest-ever acquisition, Paul Cezanne’s landscape "Bords De La Marne", for $16.2 million to mark Capon’s 30th anniversary as Director.[1]

On 10 June 1994 Capon was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) "In recognition of service to the arts, particularly as Director of the Art Gallery of NSW".[3] In 2000 he was awarded a Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) from the University of New South Wales and a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French government.[2] On 1 January 2001 he was presented with the Centenary Medal "For service to Australian society and the arts".[4] Capon was also appointed as a "Cavaliere" of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. In the 2003 Queen's Birthday Honours, Capon was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) "For services to the promotion of British art in Australia".[5] He is also a member of the Advisory Council of the Asia Society AustralAsia Centre, a member of the Council of Australian Art Museum Directors (CAAMD) and an adjunct Professor of the University of New South Wales in Chinese studies.[2]

Sydney FC

A longtime football fan, Capon is a supporter of Chelsea Football Club. In addition, Capon was a founding board Director of Sydney FC, when it was established in 2004.[1] In September 2006 Capon replaced Walter Bugno as Chairman of Sydney football Club, a position he held until August 2007, when he resigned owing to increasing responsibilities in his role as Director of the Art Gallery of NSW.[6]


  • Chinese painting: 64 reproductions.
  • Gamarada: Friends. [photography by Christopher Snee, Jenni Carter & Ray Woodbury].
  • With Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales Handbook.
  • With Liu Yang and James HayesPoetic Mandarin: Chinese calligraphy from the James Hayes collection. (Chinese: Huan hai mo yun: Xu Shu cang Zhongguo Qing dai shu fa)
  • Art and Archaeology in China.
  • Chinese tomb figures.
  • With William MacQuitty, Princes of jade.
  • Tang China: Vision and splendour of a golden age. Photography by Werner Forman.
  • With Liu Yang, Masks of Mystery: Ancient Chinese bronzes from Sanxingdui. (Chinese: Jia mian zhi mi: Sanxingdui chu tu Zhong Guo gu dai qing tong qi)


Cultural offices
Preceded by
Peter Laverty
Director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales
1978 – present


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