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Bishop, Cortlandt F. (Cortlandt Field), 1870-1935

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role Collector Dealer/Gallery Patron
dates 1870-1935
city New York City
other citiesLenox, MA;
gender M
historical notes Cortlandt Field Bishop was an art and book collector, art dealer, author, aviator, balloonist, autoist, traveler, owner of Anderson Gallery, the American Art Association, and publisher of the Paris Times (American Newspaper in Paris).

Bishop's father, David Wolfe Bishop (ca. 1834–1900), was an heir and an executor of estate of the art collector Catherine Lorillard Wolfe (1828–1887).

Through the American Art Association, Bishops art collection (paintings, European rugs, bronzes, prints and engravings) was sold in 1935, his stamp collection in 1938, and his book collection in 1938 and 1939. Bishops art collection included work by, among others, John Hoppner, Dürer, Rembrandt, Giovanni da Bologna, Bernardo Rossellino, Joseph Pennell, and Anders Zorn.

Bishop served as the president of the Aero Club of America, and was a member of the Knickerbocker, Metropolitan, Turf and field, and Grolier Clubs.

Bishop attended Columbia University earning an A.B. in 1891, an A.M. in 1892, a Ph.D. in 1893, and an LL.B. in 1894. He married Amy Bend (b. 1870) in 1899, and they had one daughter, Beatrice Bishop Berle (1902–1993).

Interlaken was one of Bishop's homes in Lenox, MA -- in 1927; it was razed to build Ananda Hall which was demolished in 1940.

In 1922, Bishop gifted bric-a-brac, curios, and relics to the Berkshire Museum. Among other items, the gift included hunting knives, swords, spears and javelins from tribes of South America, East and West Indies.
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The Frick Collection and Frick Art Reference Library
10 East 71st Street
American Art Association records, 1877-1924 (bulk 1910-1924) see details...
Syracuse University Libraries
Special Collections Research Center
D.W. Bishop Travel Diaries, 1869-1870, 1873-1881. see details...
Grolier Club
47 East 60th Street

Arthur Swann Papers and correspondence, [1900-1956]. see details...
Lennox Library Association
Cortlandt F. Bishop with dogs [ca. 1924–1930] see details...
Lennox Historical Society
Dog collar leather brass plate reads Cortland F. Bishop Esq Lenox MA see details...

see also:
Wolfe, Catharine Lorillard, 1828-1887