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Bacon, Edward R. (Edward Rathbone), 1846-1915

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role Collector
dates 1846-1915
city New York City
other citiesBuffalo, NY; Turrif, United Kingdom; Exeter, NH;
gender M
historical notes Edward Rathbone Bacon was an art collector, lawyer, financier, and railroad builder (Cincinnati, Washington & Baltimore; Baltimore & Ohio Railroad; and Baltimore & Ohio Southwestern Railroads).

Bacon owned work by, among others, Anders Zorn, Louis Leloir, Adolphe Schreyer, Jean Baptiste Greuze, Jean Babtiste Chardin, Marie Louise Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun, Jean Honoré Fragonard, Francois Boucher, Jean Marc Nattier, Sir Anthony van Dyck, Sir Thomas Lawrence, George Romney, John Hoppner, George Morland, J M W Turner, John Constable, William Hogarth, Sir Henry Raeburn, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Francis Cotes, Frans Hals, Peter Paul Rubens, Salomon van Ruysdael, Martin Archer Shee, Albert Cuyp, Filippo Lippi, Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, Cornelis Janssens van Ceulen, Antoine Watteau, Thomas Gainsborough, Adrian van Ostade, David Teniers the Younger, Gabriel Metsu, Hans Memling, and Nicolas Maes, Jean Baptiste Josef Pater.

Bacon’s sister-in-law, Virginia P. Bacon (1843–1899), inherited his collection after the death of her husband and his brother, Walter Rathbone Bacon (1845–1917). Mrs. Bacon published catalogues of his paintings and Chinese objects that were in his collection and sold objects from the collection privately.

Bacon served on the boards of the Knickerbocker Apartment Company, Kansas City Southern Railway, and the Farmers Loan and Trust Company. He was a member of the Union, Manhattan, Metropolitan, City, Midday, Tuxedo, Racquet and Tennis, Down Town, and the New York Yacht Clubs.

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see also:
Bacon, Virginia Purdy