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Lewisohn, Adolph, 1849-1938

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role Collector
dates 1849-1938
city New York City
other citiesSaranack lake, NY; Ardsley, NY; Hamburg, Germany;
sex M
historical notes Lewisohn was a German born collector, patron of the arts, investment broker and philanthropist who moved to the United States ca. 1867. He was president of Adolph Lewisohn & Son (Lewisohn Brothers), Tennessee Copper and Chemical Corporation, General Development Company, Miami Copper Company, and the South American Gold and Platinum Company.

Lewisohn collected paintings, antiquities, decorative arts, manuscripts and rare books. Although Lewisohn is known for his extensive collection of Impressionist art, he began collecting work from the Barbizon School in 1885.

Lewisohn gave artwork to the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the collection was known as the “Adolph Lewisohn Gift Collection,” and included “The Awakening” by Maurice Stern, “Selina,” a bust by Jacob Epstein and “Eve and the Apple,” by the Danish artist, Kaj Neilsen.

Lewisohn's son, Samuel was also an art collector and assisted him in making purchases. His daughter, Adele L Lewisohn, married Arthur Lehman (1901-1936), of the Lehman brother family.
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The Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives
200 Eastern Parkway
William Henry Fox records, 1913-33 (bulk), 1908-35 (inclusive). see details...
New York Public Library, Manuscripts and Archives Division
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Rm 328
John H. Finley papers, 1892-1940, bulk (1913-1935) (MssCol 1000) see details...
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library
4079 Albany Post Road
Roosevelt, Franklin D. Papers as Governor of New York see details...
American Jewish Archives
3101 Clifton Ave.
Felix M. (Felix Moritz) Warburg Papers, 1895-1937. see details...
American Jewish Archives
3101 Clifton Ave.
Louis Marshall Papers, 1891-1930. see details...
Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
Harvard University
Grace Thompson Seton Papers, 1878-1989 (inclusive). see details...
American Jewish Historical Society

Lee Kaufer Frankel Collection, n.d., 1889-1931. see details...
Pierpont Morgan Library Archives
225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street
Typewritten letter signed, dated : New York, 6 June 1933, to Louis Wiley, 1933 June 6. see details...
City College Archives, Morris Raphael Cohen Library
North Academic Center 5/301
House Plan Association Records, (1935-1989) 1935-1970. see details...
City University of New York. City College. Archives, New York, NY.
Adolph Lewisohn Memorabilia, [ca. 1917]-1933. see details...
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library
4079 Albany Post Road
Franklin D. Roosevelt President's Personal File see details...
The Getty Research Institute
Research Libraries, Archives and Special Collections
M. Knoedler & Co. records, approximately 1848-1971 see details...

see also:
Lewisohn, Sam A. (Sam Adolph), b. 1884
Lehman, Adele Lewisohn