The National Gallery in London has started an exhibition of 19th Century paintings and drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University" due to run until September 14th 2003.
In the early decades of the 20th century, Grenville L. Winthrop, a New Yorker and Harvard graduate, assembled a remarkable collection of paintings and drawings by French, British and American artists of the 19th century. They include the finest group of works by Ingres outside France and major canvasses and sheets by Jacques-Louis David, Géricault, Delacroix, Gustave Moreau and Renoir. British works, beginning with Blake and Flaxman, include important Pre-Raphaelite paintings by Burne-Jones, Holman Hunt and Rossetti, and a suite of masterful drawings by Beardsley. The Americans include Whistler, Sargent and Winslow Homer. Upon his death, in 1943 Winthrop's collection passed to the Harvard University Art Museums in Cambridge, MA. This exhibition allows a unique opportunity to view this stunning collection, which has not been lent since the collection was bequeathed.