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Shaw, Quincy Adams, 1826-1908

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role Collector
dates 1826-1908
city Jamaica Plain
other citiesBoston, MA; Cambridge, MA; St. Louis, MO; Cairo, Egypt; Jerusalem, Israiel; Paris, France; Nahant, MA; Pride's Crossing, MA;
sex M
historical notes Quincy Adams Shaw named for his father's friend, John Quincy Adams, was a Boston merchant (Calumet & Hecla Copper Mines), philanthropist and art collector.

Shaw's collection included Italian Renaissance sculptures, Japanese art and paintings, pastels and etchings by Jean François Millet. In addition to paintings, pastels and drawings by Jean François Millet, Shaw collected Renaissance sculpture and Japanese art.

Shaw donated works attributed works attributed to Donatello, Jean-François Millet, and Corot to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

Shaw bequeathed his Japanese art collection to the Royal Japanese Museum. The collection included g gold laquer writing cases, ornamental bags, gold lacquer boxes, incense boxes, metal art objects and ancient pottery from the 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.

Shaw married the Pauline Agassiz Shaw (1841-1917) in 1860 she was the daughter of his business partner and Swiss scientist Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz (1807-1873).

They had five children: Louis Agassiz, Pauline, Marian Shaw Haughton, Quincy Adams and Robert Gould, 2nd.

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Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston Street

Letter to Quincy Adams Shaw, [July 1863]. see details...
Michigan Technological University
Calumet and Hecla Mining Companies Collection, 1855-1973 (MS-002) see details...