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An introductory essay discusses the life of John Gellatly, a wealthy man who enjoyed collecting American and European art. Gellatly was an admirer and patron of many American painters of his time, and his collection includes works by Childe Hassam and Albert P. Ryder. He also admired and collected older works by European masters such as Rubens and Puvis de Chavannes. His collection was formally presented to the Smithsonian in 1929 and the permanent exhibition was opened to the public in 1933. Following the biographical and historical note is a catalog of works in the collection and reproductions of several of the paintings.


  • De Chavannes, Puvis
  • Gellatly, John 1853-1931
  • Hassam, Childe
  • Ryder, Albert Pinkham 1847-1917
  • Rubens, Peter Paul Sir 1577-1640
  • National Collection of Fine Arts
  • National Museum of American Art (U.S.)
  • National Gallery of Art of the Smithsonian
  • Smithsonian Gallery of Art


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography


Written by the director of the National Collection of Fine Arts, Thomas M. Beggs.

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Catalog of American and European Paintings in the Gellatly Collection (Book)

Contact information

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




  • Art
  • Benefactors
  • Art, American
  • Art museums
  • Collectors and collecting
  • Exhibitions
  • Gifts
  • History
  • National Collections
  • Private collections
  • Art, European
  • Art--Collectors and collecting
  • Art--History
  • Art objects
  • Art--Private collections


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