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Corcoran, W. W. (William Wilson), 1798-1888

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role Collector
dates 1798-1888
city Washington
stateDC
other citiesGeorgetown, DC;
gender M
historical notes William Wilson Corcoran was an art collector, patron, philanthropist, financier (Corcoran & Riggs Bank), and in 1869, he established the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC (opened, 1874– closed, 2014) to house his personal collection.

Corcoran’s collection focused on contemporary American art and included work by, among others, Albert Bierstadt, Emanuel Leutze, Frederic Church, George Inness, Daniel Huntington, Thomas Cole, Seth Eastman, William Ranney, and Thomas Doughty.

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of activity
1840-1850
1850-1860
1860-1870
1870-1880
1880-1890
websitehttp://www.corcoran.org/
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Archives of American Art
Victor Building, Suite 2200
Corcoran Gallery of Art records, 1860-1947. see details...
Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Papers of W. W. Corcoran, 1791-1896 (bulk 1849-1888). see details...
Archives of American Art
Victor Building, Suite 2200
Donald McClelland papers, 1857-1968. see details...
Archives of American Art
Victor Building, Suite 2200
Thomas Prichard Rossiter and Rossiter family papers, 1840-1957 see details...
Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Riggs family papers, 1763-1945. see details...
Duke University Library
Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library
John Adams Elder Papers, 1837-1910 see details...

see also:
Riggs, George Washington, 1813-1881