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Copley, William Nelson, 1919-1996

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role Collector Artist Dealer/Gallery
dates 1919-1996
city Sugar Loaf Key
stateFL
other citiesNew York, NY; Paris, France; Beverly Hills, CA; Chicago, IL;
gender M
historical notes William Nelson Copley was an artist, dealer and collector. Copley was married six times, five of which ended in divorce, his last wife, Cynthia Gooch survived him.

Copley collected Surrealist works of art with his second wife, the former Noma Ratner, and in 1953,they formed the William and Noma Copley Foundation, which later became known as the Cassandra Foundation.

The Copley collection included work by Hans Bellmer, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, René Magritte and Man Ray.

Most of the Copley collection was sold at auction (Sotheby's Nov. 5, 1979). Some of the works were placed on long-term loan or donated to museum.

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1960-1970
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1980-1990
1980-1990
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Archives of American Art William Nelson Copley papers, 1948-1967. see details...
Archives of American Art Henry Tyler Hopkins interviews, 1980 Oct. 24-1980 Dec. 17. see details...
Archives of American Art William Nelson Copley interview, 1968 Jan. 30. see details...
The Getty Research Institute William and Noma Copley Foundation and Collection Records, 1954-1980 see details...
Archives of American Art Ellen Lanyon papers, 1944-1991. see details...
The Museum of Modern Art Artist file: Copley, William Nelson, 1919-, miscellaneous uncataloged material. see details...
The Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives Artist file. Copley, William Nelson, see details...
Archives of American Art Oral history interview with Henry Tyler Hopkins, 1980 Oct. 24-1980 Dec. 17. see details...
The Frick Collection and Frick Art Reference Library William Nelson Copley: artist file: study photographs and reproductions of works of art with accompanying documentation 1920-2000 [graphic]. see details...
The Getty Research Institute Gloria de Herrera papers, 1936-1996 (bulk 1947-1985). see details...
The Museum of Modern Art William S. Lieberman Papers, 1948-1984 see details...
The Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives Artist file. Copley, William Nelson, 1919-1996. see details...
The Museum of Modern Art Franklin Furnace artist file : Copley, William Nelson; miscellaneous uncataloged material. see details...
Philadelphia Museum of Art William Copley scrapbook, 1951-1953 see details...

see also:
Copley, Noma Ratner