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Osborn, William H. (William Henry), 1820-1894

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role Collector Patron
dates 1820-1894
city New York City
stateNY
other citiesSalem, MA; Boston, MA; Manila, East Indies;Chicago, IL; Garrison, NY;
gender M
historical notes William Henry Osborn was a railroad executive (Illinois Central from the 1850’s and Chicago, St. Louis & New Orleans RR Co., 1877-82), philanthropist, art collector, and patron of Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900).

He was married Virginia Reed Sturges (1830-1902) the daughter of the senior member of Sturges Bennett and Company and art collector Jonathan Sturges (1802-1874).

Osborn's collection included both American and European paintings, sculptures and prints.

Osborn's collection included work by, among others, Church, Rowse, Florent, Defregger, Vautier, Jacobides, Landelle, H P Gray, Cole, Huntington, Durand, Crawford, Stuart, and W H Beard.
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Newberry Library
Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
60 West Walton Street
Letters regarding the Illinois Central Railroad Company: Chicago and Bourbonnais, Ill., 1853 Jan. 9-1929 Jan. 21. see details...
Princeton University
Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections
Osborn and Dodge family papers, 1726-1983. see details...
Hagley Museum and Library
Manuscripts & Archives Dept.
Letterpress copybook, 1882-1884. see details...
Newberry Library
Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
60 West Walton Street
Letters [manuscript] : Chicago, Ill., 1855 Nov. 5-Dec. 26. see details...

see also:
Sturges, Jonathan, 1802-1874
Church, Frederic Edwin, 1826-1900
Osborn, William Church, 1862-1951
Osborn, Frederick, 1889-1981