"A portrait is a picture in which there is just a tiny little something not quite right about the mouth." -- John Singer Sargent

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Henry Walters

This 1938 portrait of Henry Walters by Thomas Cromwell Corner hangs in the Walters Art Gallery in Washington, DC.
"Henry Walters (September 26, 1848–November 30, 1931) was noted as an art collector and philanthropist, a founder of the Walters Art Gallery (now the Walters Art Museum) in Baltimore, Maryland, which he donated to the city in his 1931 will for the benefit of the public. From the late 19th Century, Walters lived most of the time in New York City, where from 1903 on, he served on the executive committee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan on Fifth Avenue. He was selected as second vice president in 1913, a position he held until his death.

Like his father William Thompson Walters, (1820-1894), he was a businessman in the railroad industry, serving as president of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad (1894-1902), which had been established by his father." -- Wikipedia
 The Walters Art Gallery describes this painting.
 "In this posthumous portrait the founder of the Walters Art Museum, Henry Walters (1848-1931), is shown with three objects from his collection: a Mosan enamel plaque of the 12th century, a Limoges enamel reliquary of the 13th century, and a German brass statuette of St. Sebastian of the early 16th century. Henry is shown wearing the same stick-pin decorated with a Carthaginian stater that appears in another posthumous portrait commissioned from Frank O. Salisbury." -- Walters Art Gallery
Statuette, Enamel Plaque, and Reliquary

Henry Walters' monogram is used by the Museum to identify works collected by him.

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