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Clark, Robert Sterling, 1877-1956

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role Collector Patron
dates 1877–1956
city Williamstown
stateMA
other citiesCooperstown,NY; New York; China; Paris;
gender M
historical notes Art collector, traveler, and racehorse breeder.
An heir to the Singer sewing machine fortune, he was the grandson of Edward Clark, the business partner of Isaac Singer. Robert studied at Yale, served in the army until 1905, and led a scientific expedition to China (1908–9).

In 1911 he settled in Paris as an art collector, in 1919 marrying Francine Clary (1876–1960), born in France; little is known of her early life. The Clarks moved to New York City in 1949, settling in Williamstown, MA, where they built up a collection of Old Master and 19th-c American paintings.
In 1955 they established the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, and both are buried beneath the front steps of the original marble building.

Clark's collection included French Impressionist masterpieces, including thirty-eight Renoirs, and works by such American artists as Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Frederic Remington, and Mary Cassatt.

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1920-1930
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1950-1960
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Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Sterling and Francine Clark Papers see details...
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Institutional Records of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute see details...
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Institutional Oral Histories, 1978-1999 (bulk 1998-1999) see details...

see also:
Clark, Stephen Carlton, 1882-1960
Clark, Francine, -1960
Gardner, Elizabeth Jane, 1837-1922