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Johnston, John Taylor, 1820-1893

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dates 1820-1893
city New York City
stateNY
other citiesEdinburgh, United Kingdom;
gender M
historical notes John Taylor Johnston was an art collector, railroad executive, and first president of Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1870-1889.

Johnston sold his art collection in 1876 realizing approximately $328,000. The collection was comprised of both American and European works of art and included work by Gilbert Stuart, Allston, West, Church, Eastman Johnson, Durand, Kensett, Thomas Cole, Huntington, Holman Hunt, and Delaroche among others.

Johnston is discussed in Frederick Baekeland's "Collectors of American Painting, 1813-1913," American Art Review, 3, Nov.-Dec. 1976.

Lent work to The Universal Exhibition held in Paris, 1867.


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1850-1860
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1870-1880
websitehttps://archive.org/details/b1469348_c1
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Yale University Library
Manuscripts and Archives
Ebenezer Alfred Johnson family papers, 1760-1969 (inclusive), 1830-1919 (bulk). see details...
The New-York Historical Society
Manuscript Department
International Relief Committee Records, 1862-1863. see details...
Hagley Museum and Library
Manuscripts & Archives Dept.
Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad Company Records, 1849-1960.
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Hagley Museum and Library
Manuscripts & Archives Dept.
Central Railroad Company of New Jersey Records, 1839-1973.
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The Getty Research Institute
Research Libraries, Archives and Special Collections
Letter, 1871 Jan. 17, N.Y., to James Lorimer Graham.
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New York University Archives
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 10th Floor
A university for its time -- the formative years: 1830-1870 (MC 43) see details...
Hagley Museum and Library
Manuscripts & Archives Dept.
North Pennsylvania Railroad Company Records, 1836-1982.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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John Taylor Johnston Collection, 1832-1981 see details...
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Office of the Secretary records, 1870-[ongoing]. see details...
New York Public Library, Manuscripts and Archives Division
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Rm 328
Colles family papers, 1801-1957. see details...
The New-York Historical Society
Manuscript Department
Daniel Huntington Study Portrait Collection, ca. 1870-1890 see details...

see also:
De Forest, Emily Johnston, 1851-1942
Lucas, George A., 1824-1909