Archives Directory for the History of Collecting in America

Bacon, Virginia Purdy

print view
role Dealer/Gallery Patron
dates 1862-1919
city New York City
other citiesBordeaux, France; London, United Kingdom; Turrif, United Kingdom;
gender F
historical notes Virginia Bacon, née Virginia Purdy Barker, was an heiress, musician, philanthropist, art patron and dealer.

After the death of her husband, Walter Rathbone Bacon (1845–1917, m. 1882), she inherited her brother-in-law’s, Edward Rathbone Bacon’s (1846–1915), art collection, published catalogues of the paintings and Chinese objects, and sold artworks privately.

Bacon sold five paintings to Henry Clay Frick (1849-1919), they included a paintings by or then attributed to Sir Thomas Lawrence, Pieter de Hooch, and Francois Boucher (four seasons). Frick later purchased another ten paintings from her estate including the following: Hogarth (Mr. Hamilton), Romney (Mrs. Thomas Raikes & Child), Gainsborough (Richard Brinsley Sheridan), Reynolds (Lady Cecil Rice), Goya (Don Julia Asensio), Hoppner (Princess Sophia), Raeburn (Alexander Allan), then attributed to Dirk Hals (A Jovial Company), Guardi (Venice), and Ruysdael (Waterfall).

Bacon was the daughter of Catherine Juliette Vanderbilt Lafitte (1836–1881) and Pierre Gustave Lafitte (1839–1925).

of activity
updated 02/07/2020 18:21:42
Search Frick Art Reference Library Catalog
Search Photoarchive
Search Worldcat
Archive Location Collection Title Links
The Frick Collection and Frick Art Reference Library
10 East 71st Street
Henry Clay Frick Papers, Series I: Art Files, 1881-1925, undated. see details...

see also:
Vanderbilt, Cornelius, 1843-1899
Bacon, Edward R. (Edward Rathbone), 1846-1915