By Stephan Wolohojian, Anna Tahinci

Grenville L. Winthrop (1864-1943) was once a attorney and banker via occupation, yet his real ardour used to be gathering artwork. He had the assets, the instinct and proficient advisers to aid him create a suite that's detailed not just in its intensity and breadth, but additionally in its caliber. The Winthrop number of French, British and American paintings contains the simplest staff of Delacroix and Ingres drawings open air of France, the main major staff of pre-Raphaelite work open air of england, and a world-renowned selection 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 paintings Museum at Harvard college. Masterpieces by means of David, Ingres, Gericault, Chasseriau and Moreau might be obvious 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 experts of their a variety of fields.

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Portland Vase, ca. 1795. 8 cm). relief, 10'A Fogg Art Museum. Bequest of Grenville x 7 in. his association with his former from (26 x Harvard classmate Francis Bullard, L. 1 181 who estate. , 1975). walk from lived a short Winthrop Fogg Art Museum, Harvard 35. Winthrop's large Lenox the Grenville L. Collection in the Berenson, letter to January 23, 1918, summer Winthrop. HUAM Archives. colony in the Berkshires, in western Massachusetts, where his mother and other members of 36. Cohn 1993, p. 54.

That recognized the importance of his achievement and took a personal interest in it is revealed in the fact that he placed his drawings foremost in importance in his statement ot bequest: "I give and bequeath to . . Harvard College ... for the use of the Fogg Art Museum . . m\ A PRIVATE In America. For an 19-9. great collector of the Pre-Raphaelites, or, in the case of Ingres, the drawings in the collection of showed no committed Oberhuber in which he worked whose collections surpassed his in specific strengths, such as that of Samuel Bancroft ii ;_ see Paris 1979a.

Birnbaum, an have been a secret agent as a dealer in works of His oldest friend, the writer Upton Sinclair (who modeled Lanny, in his Lanny series, after Charlie Chaplin l6 figure, could as easily first him), recalled was how after Birnbaum had present, Chaplin and the host, taken WINTHROP COLLECTION left a Hollywood dinner at which by Birnbaum's mysterious charm, Him to the Museum ofFine Arts in Boston (Boston, 1916). — were convinced by he was a that training, an art dealer at heart, Birnbaum was Birnbaum, impetuously spy.

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