Detroit Institute of Arts - Research Library & Archives
Library of Virginia
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the nation's first state-supported art museum, opened to the public in 1936, "to promote education in the realm of art throughout the commonwealth," (Section 9-78, Code of Virginia). Partnership between private donors and state legislators, however established a pattern begun in 1919 when John Barton Payne, jurist, and discriminating art collector, gave his collection of fifty paintings to the commonwealth, and in 1932 donated $100,000 for museum construction. Governor John Garland Pollard led a campaign to raise additional private funds, and promoted the use of state revenue for operating expenses. Additional monies from the Federal Works Project Administration completed the funding, and in 1934 the General Assembly designated the site for the building on the grounds of the Robert E. Lee soldiers' home at Boulevard and Grove avenues, named it the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and vested control and management in a Board of Trustees. A special fund ... Read More
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Archives
The collection documents the formation of the Lillian Thomas Pratt Collection of FabergeĢ decorative artworks at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Bequeathed to the museum upon her death in 1947, Pratt's FabergeĢ collection consistently remains one of the highlights of the museum's permanent collection. Pratt purchased most of her FabergeĢ collection from the Schaffer Collection and Hammer Galleries, both of New York City, in the 1930s and 1940s. Comprised of correspondence, invoices, price tags, and detailed item descriptions, this collection illuminates Pratt's mind as a collector, as well as her relationship with one of her dealers, Alexander Schaffer
Metropolitan Museum of Art - Watson Library
The folder may include clippings, announcements, small exhibition catalogs, advertisements, and other ephemeral items

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