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Isabella Stewart Gardner John Singer Sargent -- American painter 1888 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston Oil on cavas 190 x 81.2 cm (74 3/4 x 32 in.) Jpg: Carol Gerten's Fine Art Much of the wealth of European art that American now has in its museums has a lot to do with a small handful of very farsighted and eccentric art collectors during the Gilded Age .
John "Jack" Lowell Gardner II (November 26, 1837 – December 10, 1898) was an American businessman, art collector, and philanthropist . He and his wife, Isabella Stewart Gardner, were patrons of the arts whose collection is now housed in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum , in Boston . [ 1 ] [ edit ] Background Jack Gardner's mother, Catherine Endicott Peabody (1808–1883), [ 2 ] of Brookline, MA , was the daughter of the distinguished Salem shipowner, Joseph Peabody (1757–1844), who made a fortune importing pepper from Sumatra and was one of the wealthiest men in the United States at the time of his death in 1844. [ 3 ] Jack's paternal grandfather, Samuel Pickering Gardner (1768–1843), descended from Thomas Gardner (planter) and from the father of Timothy Pickering . [ 1 ] [ 4 ] [ 5 ] Through his paternal grandmother, Rebecca Russell Lowell, he descended from Percival Lowell who had arrived at Cape Ann in 1639.
Isabella Stewart Gardner (April 14, 1840 – July 17, 1924) – founder of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston – was an American art collector, philanthropist , and one of the foremost female patrons of the arts. Isabella Stewart Gardner had a zest for life, an energetic intellectual curiosity and a love of travel. She was a friend of noted artists and writers of the day, including John Singer Sargent , James McNeill Whistler , Anders Zorn , Henry James , Okakura Kakuzo and Francis Marion Crawford . The Boston society pages called her by many names, including "Belle," "Donna Isabella," "Isabella of Boston," and "Mrs. Jack." Gardner created much fodder for the gossip tabloids of the day with her reputation for stylish tastes and unconventional behavior.
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