Philippe Roberts-Jones

Baron Philippe Roberts-Jones (8 November 1924 – 9 August 2016) was a Belgian art historian who was the head of conservation of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. A member of the Royal Academy of Science, Letters and Fine Arts of Belgium, of which he was president in 1980, he was also a member of the Free Academy of Belgium and professor at the Université libre de Bruxelles. He was also a published poet.

Philippe Roberts-Jones
Portrait of Philippe Roberts-Jones in 1967
Born(1924-11-08)8 November 1924
Ixelles, Belgium
Died9 August 2016(2016-08-09) (aged 91)
Uccle, Belgium [1]


Born in Ixelles, Belgium, on 8 November 1924, Philippe Roberts-Jones belongs to a family of three generations of lawyers, descending from a British family established in Brussels at the beginning of the 19th century and that has been active in the coachwork industry.[2]

His father Robert Roberts-Jones (1893–1943), a lawyer, was a member of the Belgian Resistance executed by the Germans at the Tir national on October 20, 1943.

Philippe Roberts-Jones died on 9 August 2016 at the age of 91.[3][4]


  • Prix Émile Polak from the Belgian Royal Academy of French Language and Literature, 1957, for Amour et autres visages
  • Prix Malherbe of the Province of Brabant, 1976, for L'Art Majeur
  • Prix du rayonnement de la langue française, from the Académie française, 1980, for his collected output
  • Grand prix de poésie de l'Académie française, 1985
  • Prix Louis-Guillaume for prose poetry, 2002, for Domaines en cours
  • Grand prix international Lucian Blaga, 2006


Robert-Jones was made a Baron by King Baudouin in 1988.

  • Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown
  • Grand Officer of the Order of Leopold
  • Volunteers' Medal for War
  • Commemorative Medal of the 1940–1945 War, with sabres
  • Civic Medal, first class


As a poet he publishes under the name Philippe Jones. Among his published works are:

  • Le Voyageur de la nuit
  • Amours et autres visages
  • Être selon
  • Racine ouverte
  • Un espace renoué

As an art historian, he is interested in the work of Honoré Daumier and in contemporary engraving; another field of interest is the work of Belgian painter Lismonde.


  • 1973: L'Intermédiaire des généalogistes, "De belgis illustribus. Les quartiers d'ascendance de Philippe Roberts-Jones", n° 167, 1973, p. 328-332. (by Denise Lelarge, Suzanne Roberts-Jones-Goemaere, Estelle van Win, Marcel Bergé, J. Fobe and L. Poplemont)
  • 1981: Paul Legrain, Dictionnaire des Belges, Bruxelles, 1981
  • 2010: Karel Logist, "En poésie avec Dr Roberts et Mr Jones", dans Le Carnet et les Instants, n° 160, Brussels, February/March 2010, p. 19-20


  1. "Décès du baron Roberts-Jones, professeur émérite de l'ULB, conservateur en chef honoraire des Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique et secrétaire perpétuel honoraire de l'Académie" (in French). Académie Royal de Belgique.
  2. Sorensen, Lee (ed.). "Philippe Roberts-Jones". Dictionary of Art Historians. Retrieved 2015-10-10.
  3. "Mort de Philippe Roberts-Jones", Le Soir, 10.08.2016. Retrieved 2016-08-11.
  4. "KMSKB-conservator Roberts-Jones overleden",, 10.08.2016. Retrieved 2016-08-11.
  • Biography at the site of the Belgian Royal Academy of French Language and Literature
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