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Morgan Library & Museum

The Morgan Library & Museum houses one of the world’s foremost collections of manuscripts, rare books, music, drawings, and ancient and other works of art. This collection comprises a unique and dynamic record of civilization, as well as an incomparable repository of ideas and of the creative process.

Part of the Morgan’s mission is to present their collection to the public through their exhibition program, with the intention to excite the imagination, advance learning, and nurture creativity. The Foundation supports these goals by providing funding for exhibitions. In October of 2019, the Morgan will present John Singer Sargent: Portraits in Charcoal (0ctober 4, 2019 – January 12, 2020) which we will help support.

The Foundation was proud to sponsor the exhibition Masterpieces from the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm (Feb 9 –May 14, 2017.)  The Nationalmuseum, Sweden’s largest and most distinguished art institution, partnered with the Morgan to bring more than seventy-five masterpieces from its collections to New York for a rare visit. The show included work by artists such as Albrecht Dürer, Raphael, Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt van Rijn, Antoine Watteau, and François Boucher.

We also sponsored Henry James and American Painting (June 9 – Sept 10, 2017,) the first museum exhibition to explore the fascinating intersection of James’ writings and the works of expatriate American artists whom he befriended.  The exhibition included a rich and eclectic selection of more than fifty paintings, drawings, watercolors, sculptures, photographs, manuscripts, letters, and printed books from two dozen museums and private collections in the United States, Great Britain, and Ireland. Together they demonstrated an evocative story of fascinating artistic intersections.

John Singer Sargent Portraits in Charcoal

Sybil Sassoon 1912 Charcoal Private Collection, Photography by Christopher Calnan

The Morgan Library is the perfect setting for an exhibition of 60 magnificent portraits executed in charcoal by artist John Singer Sargent. From 1907 onward, the artist ceased painting the full-length portraits in oil which had made him famous. He turned to charcoal drawing to satisfy portrait commissions until his death in 1925.

Sargent’s portraits in charcoal constitute a gallery of sitters drawn from a spectrum of society on both sides of the Atlantic. Most of his subjects were either people he knew personally or the friends and relatives of people who knew him. This aspect of his oeuvre constitutes a vivid visual record of Edwardian Britain and Progressive Era America – an intimate look into the face of the Gilded Age.

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