Quinn, John, 1870-1924

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Birth 1870-04-24
Death 1924-07-28

Biographical notes:

John Quinn (1870-1924) was a corporation lawyer in New York City who amassed an important private collection of paintings, drawings and sculpture as well as books and manuscripts of contemporary authors. In addition to promoting modern and avant-garde art in all forms, he particularly encouraged the work of members of the Irish Literary Revival, the artists of the Paris School, and English and American writers of his time. In 1923 he sold his manuscript and library holdings to subsidize his art collection.

From the description of John Quinn papers, 1901-1926. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 144652299

From the guide to the John Quinn papers, 1901-1926, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.)

Art patron and lawyer; New York, N.Y.

From the description of John Quinn ledgers, 1909-1924. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122565491

Collector, patron, lawyer; New York, N.Y.

Born Tiffin, Ohio, 1870. Legal work included tax laws re imported contemporary art. Friendship with Augustus John shaped activities and interest in art world. Began collecting mainly through direct contact with artists and dealers.

From the description of John Quinn memorial collection in the New York Public Library, 1901-1925. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 77694286

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  • Drama -- 20th century
  • Art patronage
  • Irish literature
  • Art, Modern--20th century
  • Home rule -- Ireland
  • Art, Modern -- 20th century
  • Home rule
  • Drama--20th century
  • Art -- Marketing
  • Art--Collectors and collecting
  • Modernism (Art)
  • Art--Marketing
  • Art patrons


  • Art patrons.
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  • Ireland (as recorded)
  • Ireland (as recorded)