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Baker, George F. (George Fisher), 1840-1931

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dates 1840-1931
city New York City
other citiesTuxedo, NY;
gender M
historical notes George Fisher Baker, aka the "dean of American banking" and "grand old man of Wall Street," was a banker (founder of the First National Bank), art collector, philanthropist, and Trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Baker's art collection included, among other items, Tabriz sixteenthcentury, Isapahan, and Persian carpets; Beauvais tapestries; bronze sculptures by Rodin; paneling; and twenty paintings by, among others, Daubigny, Corot, Cuyp, Rousseau, Troyon, and Dagnan.

For a detailed 1883 account of Baker's home see George William Sheldon (1843–1914) Artistic Houses: being a series of interior views of a number of the most celebrated homes in the United State, with a description contained within (New York: Appleton and Co., 1883; B. Blom, 1971), p. 35-38 (includes 2 illustrations) .
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Filson Historical Society Taylor family: papers, 1849-1972. see details...
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