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MacKay, Clarence H. (Clarence Hungerford), 1874-1938

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role Collector
dates 1874-1938
city New York City
other citiesRoslyn, NY; Gardner's Island, NY; Jamestown, NC; San Francisco, CA; Paris, France; Windsor, United Kingdom;
sex M
historical notes Clarence Hungerford MacKay was an art collector, patron, businessman, philanthropist, chairman of the board of the Postal Telegraph and Cable Corporation, president of Mackay Radio, and son of the silver magnate, John W. Mackay (1831-1902).

Mackay collected Italian paintings and sculpture, Flemish Tapestries, armor, firearms, swords, and cassoni. Among other artists, Mackay owned work by Antonello da Messina, Giovanni Bellini, Sandro Botticelli, Duccio di Buoninsegna, Francesco Francia, Pietro Lombardo, Sebastian Mainardi, Alesso Baldovinetti, Pisanello, and Matteo di Giovanni.

The bulk of Mackay’s collection was sold in an auction via Jacque Seligman Galleries.

Prior to his death, Mackay sold Raphael’s “Agony in the Garden” and Mantegna’s “Adoration of the Shepherds” to the Metropolitan Art Museum in 1933. In 1935, Mackay sold Samuel Kress Duccio’s “The Calling of St. Peter and St. Andrew,” and seven paintings by Sassetta to the National Gallery in London.
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Archives/Repository Collection Title Collection Details
Archives of American Art
Victor Building, Suite 2200
Jacques Seligmann & Co. records, 1904-1978 (bulk 1913-1974) see details...
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Please see individual record for location
Armes et armures collection de Mr C.H. Mackay: Harbor Hill, Roslyn, N.Y. : Scrapbook, [19--]. see details...
University of Nevada, Reno

Special Collections Department

John A. (John Allen) Fulton Papers, 1878-1936. see details...
Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Papers of Lester Hood Woolsey, 1831-1958 (bulk 1909-1928).
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Please see individual record for location
Office of the Secretary records, 1870-[ongoing]. see details...

see also:
Mackay, John W, 1831-1902