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J.P. Morgan: A Collector’s Legacy Webinar

J.P. Morgan: A Collector’s Legacy
Wednesday, January 26 at 5pm EST, Online

John Pierpont Morgan was not only one of the most powerful figures in finance with his name atop one of the world’s leading banking and investment firms, but also a prodigious collector, whose legacy resides in the masterpieces from his extraordinary collection that are now highlights of important museum and private collections. The many facets of his passion for collecting, and the story behind his Asian, ancient, and Western art acquisitions will be explored by our notable panel of scholars and experts.

This online program will consist of brief, illustrated presentations by each panelist, followed by a question-and-answer session.

L-R: Court School of Charles the Bald, Lindau Gospels, The Morgan Library; Master of the Saint Sebastian Martyrdoms (active in Vienna in the 1650s), The Fall of Man, Wadsworth Atheneum; Fine and Rare Pair of Rouge de Fer and Famille Verte Porcelain Rouleau Vases, Kangxi period, 1662-1722, former collection of J.P. Morgan


Who Was Pierpont Morgan? A Brief Biographical Sketch
Jean Strouse
Eminent American biographer and author of Morgan, American Financier and Alice James, A Biography

Jean Strouse is the author of Morgan, American Financier, and Alice James, A Biography. Her essays and reviews have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and served as Director of the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at The New York Public Library from 2003 to 2017.

Building the Bookman's Paradise
Colin B. Bailey
Director, The Morgan Library & Museum

Colin B. Bailey is the Director of the Morgan Library & Museum, a position he has held since 2015. Among the many initiatives Dr. Bailey has spearheaded are the exterior restoration of J. Pierpont Morgan’s Library, the establishment of the endowed position of Sherman Fairchild Head of the Thaw Conservation Center, and the inauguration of the Belle da Costa Greene Curatorial Fellowships. A scholar of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century French art, Dr. Bailey is a specialist in Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and has been responsible for many publications and exhibitions over the course of his career and continues to write and publish. Among the several institutions at which he has worked, Dr. Bailey has held the posts of Director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and Deputy Director and Peter Jay Sharp Curator at the Frick Collection.

Objects of “Pleasure and Instruction:” J. Pierpont Morgan's Legacy in Hartford
Linda H. Roth
Director of Special Curatorial Projects and Charles C. and Eleanor Lamont Cunningham Curator of European Decorative Arts, Wadsworth Atheneum

Linda Horvitz Roth is Director of Special Curatorial Projects and the Charles C. and Eleanor Lamont Cunningham Curator of European Decorative Arts at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, where she has been a member of the curatorial department since 1980. Since that time she has organized several exhibitions, including J. Pierpont Morgan, Collector: European Decorative Arts from the Wadsworth Atheneum (1987) and Morgan: Mind of the Collector (2017). In 2000 she published French Eighteenth-Century Porcelain at the Wadsworth Atheneum: the J. Pierpont Morgan Collection, and is also the author of several articles on 18th- and 19th-century French porcelain.

The J.P. Morgan Collection of Chinese Porcelains
Steven Chait
President, Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc.

Steven Chait is the President of Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc. in New York City. The gallery, founded by Steven’s grandfather, Ralph M. Chait in 1910, is the oldest one dealing in fine antique Chinese porcelains and works of art in the United States. Over its remarkable long history, the gallery has worked with and sold to museums and private collectors throughout the world.

Charlotte Eyerman
Director and Chief Curator, JPMorgan Chase Art Collection

Charlotte Eyerman joined the firm in 2017, with prior leadership experience in museums, nonprofits, private sector, and academia. A specialist in modern and contemporary art, she has a significant record of exhibitions, publications, and speaking engagements, nationally and internationally. In 2014, Dr. Eyerman was honored as a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication.

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