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|De Forest, Emily Johnston, 1851-1942||
|city||Cold Spring Harbor, LI|
|other cities||New York, NY;|
Among decorative arts Emily Johnston de Forest collected Mexican maiolica, Pennsylvania Dutch art and furniture.
She was the daughter of Frances Colles Johnston and John Taylor Johnston (1820-1893), a railroad executive who collected not only French academic painting but patronized living American artists. His holdings included works by Frederic Edwin Church, Thomas Cole, Asher Brown Durand, John Frederick Kensett, and Winslow Homer.
Emily de Forest's correspondence and other papers regarding her folk pottery are in the Metropolitan Museum archives and those of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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