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Winthrop, Clara Bowdoin

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role Collector
dates 1876-1969
city Boston
gender F
historical notes Clara Bowdoin Winthtrop was an art collector, philanthropist, and relative of John Kerry, a U.S. Senator and former presidential candidate.

Winthrop was a world traveler, and is known to have visited India. While on a trip to Italy, Winthrop purchased an oil painting which was thought to be a reproduction of a work by Andrea del Sarto. In 1935, she donated the painting to the All Saints' Episcopal Church in West Newbury, Massachusetts. The painting hung over the choir stalls in an enormous gilt frame for several years until it was taken down and stored in a closet, and then in the rectory's attic. In 1999, it was discovered that the painting was not an imitation, but was The Madonna and Child by del Sarto.

The painting was then sold at auction by Sotheby's for $1,102,500.; The Clara B. Winthrop Trust is named for her.
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Massachusetts Historical Society Winthrop family papers,1537-1990 [bulk: 1620-1900].
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Boston Athenaeum Clara Bowdoin Winthrop Poems, 1919-1930. see details...