Fitzgerald, Desmond, 1846-1926

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Desmond Fitzgerald was Deputy Secretary of State for Rhode Island (1863-1867); engineer, Indianapolis and Vincennes Rail Road (1867-1869); engineer, Boston and Albany Railroad (1871-1873); and superintendent, Western Division, Boston Water Works (1873-1903).

From the description of Desmond Fitzgerald letter, 1877 Apr. 24. (Louisiana State University). WorldCat record id: 156976691

Art patron, art collector, and engineer; Brookline, Mass.

Served on the boards of the Boston Public Library and of the Copley Society. In 1913, he arranged to have the Armory Show come to Boston. His collection of mainly French and American impressionist paintings by Claude Monet, Dodge Macknight, and others became a kind of semi-public museum. Upon his death, the collection was sold at auction.

From the description of Desmond Fitzgerald papers, 1868-1930. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 82463345

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referencedIn John Nicholas Brown (1861-1900) papers, Brown (John Nicholas) (1861-1900) papers, (bulk 1881-1900), 1871-1900 John Hay Library, Special Collections
creatorOf Fitzgerald, Desmond, 1846-1926. Desmond Fitzgerald letter, 1877 Apr. 24. Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
referencedIn Palfrey family papers, 1713-1915 Houghton Library
creatorOf Dodge Macknight papers Archives of American Art
creatorOf Desmond Fitzgerald papers Archives of American Art
referencedIn Sir William Rothenstein correspondence and other papers, 1887-1957. Houghton Library
referencedIn Papers, 1917-1995 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, E-K. Houghton Library
referencedIn New Directions Publishing records Houghton Library
Role Title Holding Repository
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associatedWith Brown, John Nicholas, 1861-1900 person
associatedWith Gardner, Isabella Stewart, 1840-1924. person
associatedWith Houghton Library. corporateBody
associatedWith MacKnight, Dodge, 1860-1950. person
correspondedWith Marietta Tree person
associatedWith Monet, Claude, 1840-1926. person
correspondedWith New Directions Publishing Corp. corporateBody
associatedWith Nicholls, Francis T. (Francis Tillou), 1834-1912. person
associatedWith Packard, Stephen B. person
correspondedWith Palfrey family. family
correspondedWith Rothenstein, William, Sir, 1872-1945 person
associatedWith Twachtman, John Henry, 1853-1902. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Louisiana--New Orleans
Art patrons
Impressionism (Art)
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)


Birth 1846

Death 1926




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SNAC ID: 45208556