Journal Article

‘I want this collection to be my monument’

Esmée Quodbach

in Journal of the History of Collections

Volume 21, issue 2, pages 229-240
Published in print November 2009 | ISSN: 0954-6650
Published online April 2009 | e-ISSN: 1477-8564 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jhc/fhp008
‘I want this collection to be my monument’

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Henry Clay Frick (1849–1919), a pioneer in the Pittsburgh coke and steel industries and an enormously successful financier, amassed one of the most magnificent collections of Old Master paintings of America's Gilded Age. The Frick Collection, housed in Frick's mansion in New York City, was bequeathed to the public in 1919 and opened in 1935 as a museum. In this paper, the author explores Frick's tastes and acquisitions, and considers his aspirations, not only as a leading collector in the early twentieth century but also as the founder of The Frick Collection, which he intended to be his ‘monument’

Journal Article.  7827 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Exhibition Catalogues and Specific Collections ; History of Art ; Social and Cultural History

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