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Ide, John Jay, Mrs.

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role Collector
dates 1916-1998
city San Francisco
other citiesNew York, NY; Palm Beach, FL; Pittsburgh, PA; Farmington, CT; Florence, Italy;
gender F
historical notes Dora Browning Donner Ide was a San Franciscan steel heiress and art collector.

Together with her husband, John Jay Ide (1892–1962), Ide formed a collection which included work by, among others, Edgar Degas (1834–1917), André Giroux (1801–1879), Alexandre Jakovlev (1887–1938), Jean-Baptiste Oudry (1724–1806), Jules Coignet (1798–1860), Jean-Baptiste Perronneau (ca. 1715–1783), Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759–1840), Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684–1721), William Wyld (1806–1889), Aubrey Beardsley (1872–1898), Hubert Robert, French, (1733–1808), and Romain Cazes (1810–1881).

Paintings, prints, drawings, and rare books from the Ide Collection were given to museums across the country including, among others, the De Young Museum in San Francisco, the Cooper Hewitt in New York City, the Morgan Library & Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D C, The Frick Collection & Frick Art Reference Library.

Donner was a member of the Acorn Club. Her father, William Henry Donner (1864–1953), was a Pennsylvania steel executive (Cambria, Union and Donner Steel) and known associate of Andrew Carnegie (1835–1919).
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National Air and Space Museum, Archives Division, MRC 322, Washington, DC, 20560
John Jay Ide Collection, 1911-1962 (bulk 1920-1945) see details...

see also:
Ide, John Jay, 1891-1962