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Lenox, James, 1800-1880

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dates 1800–1880
city New York
stateNY
other citiesKirkendbright, Scottland;
gender M
historical notes James Lenox was a lawyer, businessman, philanthropist, art and book collector. He never married and was the son of the Scottish born American merchant and real estate investor Robert Lenox (1759-1839).

A graduate of Columbia College, Lenox was a founder of the Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, Trustee of Princeton University, and member of the New York City Chamber of Commerce.

His collection of paintings and books eventually became known as the Lenox Library and later became part of the New York Public Library in 1895. In 1913, the collection was moved to the central library.

Lenox is mentioned in Frederick Baekeland's "Collectors of American Painting, 1813-1913," American Art Review, 3, Nov.-Dec. 1976.

Lenox owned work by, among others, Gilbert Stuart, John Singleton Copley, James Peale, Thomas Cole, Frederick Edwin Church, J M W Turner, and Albert Bierstadt.

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1840-1850
1850-1860
1860-1870
1870-1880
websitehttp://books.google.com/books?id=k7HNAAAAMAAJ&pg=PP1#v=onepage&q&f=false
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New York Public Library, Manuscripts and Archives Division James Lenox papers, 1823-1936, bulk (1840-1880) (MssCol 1732) see details...
New York Public Library, Manuscripts and Archives Division Rich provenance collection, ca. 1845-1848 (MssCol 2568). see details...
New York Public Library, Manuscripts and Archives Division Lenox Library Records, 1866-1915 see details...
New York Public Library, Manuscripts and Archives Division Letters from James Lenox to Edmund Bailey O'Callaghan, September, 1852 to December, 1860, concerning the purchase and reprinting of many volumes of Jesuit relations [microform] see details...
The New-York Historical Society [Newspaper clippings from the Evening Post and other New York City papers, and similar ephemera, concerning James Lenox, his family, and the Lenox library] see details...
The New-York Historical Society Minute book, 1863-1866. Home for Disabled Soldiers (New York, N.Y.) see details...
The New-York Historical Society Daniel Huntington Study Portrait Collection, ca. 1870-1890 see details...