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Aspinwall, William Henry, 1807-1875

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role Collector
dates 1807-1875
city New York City
gender M
historical notes William Henry Aspinwall was a New York art collector, merchant, entrepreneur who headed the effort that built the trans-Panama railroad (1855), and one of the founders of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Aspinwall’s collecting included, among others, work by Murillo, Correggio, Valasquez, Van der Helst, Teniers, Van der Welde, Rubens, Paul de Champagne, Wouverman, Guido, Cuyp, Scheffer, Gerard, Dow, Berghem, Titian, Brauwer, Terburg, Paul Veronese, Mieris, and Da Vinci, Romney, Greuze, and Madou.

Aspinwall’s sale took place in New York at Chickering Hall, by Ortgies Co. in 1886, and realized $43,845. Much of the collection remained with the family.

Aspinwall’s eldest daughter, Anna Lloyd Aspinwall, married the New York architect and collector James Renwick. He was married to Anna Breck Aspinwall.
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Renwick, James, 1818-1895