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ID: 500328097
Page Link: http://vocab.getty.edu/page/ulan/500328097

 

Record Type: Person
Widener, Joseph E. (American businessman, patron, 1872-1943)

Note: After the death of his father, Peter, in 1915, Joseph Early Widener (1872-1943) permitted visitors to view the family collection in their mansion outside Philadelphia. Joseph not only added appreciably to the collection, but also enhanced its quality by culling works of secondary importance. Andrew Mellon had discussed the possibility of a national museum with Joseph Widener, who offered in 1939 to donate his family collection to the Gallery in memory of his father. The Widener gift was announced by President Franklin D. Roosevelt at the Gallery's opening ceremony, along with the donation from the Kress Foundation. By 1942, only a year and a half after the museum's inauguration, the Wideners' works were installed in the Gallery. Joseph Widener also used his great wealth to pursue his interest in thoroughbred horse racing on a large scale, owning a large stable of racehorses and acquiring horse farms and race tracks.

Names:
Widener, Joseph E. (preferred,U,index,LC)
Joseph E. Widener (U,display)
Widener, Joseph Early (V)

Nationalities:
American (preferred)

Roles:
collector (preferred)
patron
equestrian
owner

Gender: male

Related People or Corporate Bodies:
child of ....  Widener, Peter A.B.  
..............  (American financier, collector, 1834-1915) [500336869]
donor of ....  National Gallery of Art  
..............  (American art museum, Washington, DC, established 1937) [500115983]

List/Hierarchical Position:
 ....  Non-Artists
 ........  Widener, Joseph E. (I,U)

Biographies:
(American businessman, patron, 1872-1943) ..... [VP Preferred]
(American collector, 1872-1943) ..... [Grove Art]
(owner, 1872-1943) ..... [PROV]

Additional Names:

Sources and Contributors:
Joseph E. Widener ........ [Grove Art, VP]
...................................  Getty Vocabulary Program rules
Widener, Joseph E. ........ [Grove Art Preferred, VP Preferred]
.....................................  Grove Art artist database (1989-)
.....................................  Library of Congress Authorities online (2002-) n 86047552
Widener, Joseph Early ........ [PROV Preferred, VP]
...........................................  National Gallery of Art, Washington DC [online] (2002)
...........................................  Provenance Index Databases, Authority file (1985-)

Subject: ........ [Grove Art, PROV, VP]
....................  Grove Art artist database (1989-)
 
Note:
English .......... [VP]
.......... Encyclopedia Britannica Online (2002-)
.......... National Gallery of Art, Washington DC [online] (2002)
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