née Pamela McComb
Poughkeepsie, NY, USA
Askew's father was the art historian Arthur McComb (q.v.) and mother Constance Atwood. She was born while her father was teaching art history at Vassar. Her parents were divorced when she was young and her step father, the art dealer R. Kirk Askew (1903-1974), adopted her. Askew grew up in New York City. As a college student, she majored in English at Vassar College. Her A.M. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University was completed in 1951. She completed her dissertation at the Courtauld Institute under Johannes Wilde (q.v.), writing on Domenico Fetti. She returned to Vassar to teach, becoming full professor in 1969. She was a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton during the 1977-78 academic year. In 1988 she received the College Art Association's Distinguished Teaching Award for Art History. She died of lymphoma.
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