Islamic, Persian Painting Collection to AMSG

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"A fortuitious meeting between a relative of a [Arthur M.] Sackler Gallery staff member [Laure Lowry, mother of Glenn Lowry, curator of Near Eastern art] and a private collector led to the discovery and the Smithsonian's purchase ... of the finest collection of Islamic and Persian paintings and manuscripts still existing in private hands." The collection, assembled between 1900 and 1943 by Henri Vever, a prominent jeweler in Paris, is a comprehensive survey of the art of the Persian book.


Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Smithsonian Institution)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 5, "The Torch," February 1986, p. 1.

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


January, 1986


  • Acquisitions
  • Art
  • Art museums
  • Collectors and collecting
  • Museums
  • Art, Islamic
  • Art--Collectors and collecting
  • Museums--Acquisitions

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