By Stephan Wolohojian, Anna Tahinci
Grenville L. Winthrop (1864-1943) was once a attorney and banker by means of occupation, yet his precise ardour was once gathering paintings. He had the assets, the instinct and proficient advisers to aid him create a suite that's designated not just in its intensity and breadth, but additionally in its caliber. The Winthrop choice of French, British and American paintings comprises the simplest crew of Delacroix and Ingres drawings outdoor of France, the main major crew of pre-Raphaelite work open air of england, and a world-renowned choice of Sargent watercolours. a few 70 work and two times as many drawings and watercolours via greater than 50 French, British and American artists are featured during this choice from the Winthrop assortment, bequeathed in 1943 to the Fogg artwork Museum at Harvard collage. Masterpieces via David, Ingres, Gericault, Chasseriau and Moreau could be noticeable along nice works via Blake, Rossetti and Burne-Jones, in addition to Homer, Sargent and Whistler. they're mentioned within the catalogue by means of greater than 60 authors, all of whom are specialists of their quite a few fields.
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Birnbaum Papers, Archives of American Art. ""' I Birnbaum keenly sought Winthrop, ->. to secure the lowest possible price, March either by offering a cash deal before a public sale or He was proud themselves. by buying from the collectors directly letter to Birnbaum, Birnbaum 2-. 1930, Papers, Arc!. nerican An. of his bargaining these French gentlemen and skills, once writing, my brief experiences with post graduate courses to Scotch Jews), is "I never give up hope with 76. Egyptian merchants (who can give proving very valuable.
No. — from Sebastian and the Angel (fig. 32). 30), the classicizing 94) to the later Poet and Satyrs group of smaller paintings, such (fig. (fig. 31) as his Saint Winthrop also put together an impressive group of drawings by Pierre-Paul Prud'hon, an artist of an entirely different sensibility to these others (cat. nos. ioo— 105). I0 ° In addition, he continued to deepen his Pre-Raphaelite holdings into his later years. In 1934 Birnbaum wrote, "It is thrilling to think that in of Creation' [Burne-Jones, Galahad' [Watts, and "make a cat.
9 ° that sort of thing. would do to . Perhaps the portrait that Birnbaum and Winthrop had always hoped the other Ingres to works was Madame Moitessier (National Gallery, London; as 1928 a hang among fig. 21). " off. it offered. If . 9I . it He again after the Lapauze sale, writ- ing, "I got in touch with the famous Moitessier the market, I owner of and portrait if it feel fairly certain that the comes on it will be offered to me. — There is Fig. 22. " he explained to Winthrop that "it would 1812.