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Author Johnston, William R.

Title William and Henry Walters : the reticent collectors / William R. Johnston.

Published Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press in association with the Walters Art Gallery, 1999.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  709.2273 JOHN    AVAILABLE
Physical description xvi, 309 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1 Early Years, 1819-1861 1 -- 2 Years Abroad, 1861-1865 22 -- 3 Postwar Recovery, 1866-1884 41 -- 4 Years of Fruition, 1884-1894 86 -- 5 Son Succeeds His Father, 1894-1909 112 -- 6 Walters Gallery, 1909-1919 170 -- 7 Final Years, 1919-1931 197.
Summary "In the Mid-Nineteenth Century, Baltimore businessman William Thompson Walters began to patronize the artists of Maryland. Today, the museum that bears his name - Baltimore's Walters Art Gallery - excels in fields as diverse as Egyptian bronzes, Byzantine silver, illuminated manuscripts, medieval carved ivories, early Renaissance paintings, Sevres porcelains, Islamic metalwork, and Chinese ceramics. Surprisingly, the story of how William Walters and his son Henry created one of the finest privately assembled museums in the United States has not been told."--BOOK JACKET. "With this new book, William Johnston, the Walters's curator of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century art, restores William and Henry Walters to their rightful place among America's great art collectors. Drawing upon the knowledge of the early museum staff and gathering valuable information from the few other available sources, Johnston has painstakingly recreated the life and world of the Walterses."--BOOK JACKET.
"Their personal collection differs from those of other, more familiar collectors, such as J. P. Morgan and Henry Clay Frick, in that Henry Walters intended from the very first that the collection form a museum to serve the public. When the museum first opened its doors in 1934, Johnston relates, many visitors were surprised by the collection's size and by its comprehensive representation of the history of art from the third millennium B. C. to the early twentieth century."--BOOK JACKET.
Other author Walters Art Gallery (Baltimore, Md.)
Subject Walters, W. T. (William Thompson), 1819-1894.
Walters, Henry, 1848-1931.
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- United States -- Biography.
ISBN 0801860407 (alk. paper)