Straus, Percy Selden 1876-1944

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On December 11, 1944 the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston received the bequest of paintings and sculptures known as the Edith A. and Percy S. Straus Collection. Comprised of over eighty works of art, the collection is dominated by European paintings dating from the thirteenth to the nineteenth centuries and includes significant examples of Flemish, Sienese, Florentine, Ferrarese, Venetian, German, and English origin. Though the Strauses were permanent residents of New York, they chose to place their collection in Houston in the conviction that it was time for a body of early and important paintings to be made available to the public in the southwestern United States. The Strauses acquired most of their pieces in Europe and retained them for private display in their New York City home until the collection was transferred, intact, to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, after the death of Mr. Straus. Percy S. Straus was lifetime Chairman of the Board of R. H. Macy and Company, New York, and a well-known philanthropist and collector. He died on April 6, 1944.

From the description of Edith A. and Percy S. Straus collection: papers, 1917-1958. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122632883

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associatedWith Agnew, Thomas and Sons. family
associatedWith Bachstitz, Kurt Walter. person
associatedWith Berenson, Bernard, 1865-1959. person
associatedWith Bloch, Vitale. person
associatedWith Blumenreich, Leo. person
associatedWith Burchard, Ludwig, 1886-1960. person
associatedWith Committee of Fourteen (New York, N.Y. : 1905) corporateBody
associatedWith Douglas, Robert Langton, 1864- person
associatedWith Friedl"ander, Max J., 1867- person
associatedWith Gl"uck, Gustav, 1871- person
associatedWith Gronau, Georg, 1868-1938. person
associatedWith Hadeln, Detlev, Freiherr von, 1878-1935. person
correspondedWith Houghton Mifflin Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Hutton, Edward, 1875-1969. person
associatedWith Loewi, Adolfo. person
associatedWith Longhi, Roberto, 1890-1970. person
associatedWith Marle, Raimond van, 1888-1936. person
associatedWith Mayer, August Liebmann, 1885- person
associatedWith Meller, Simon, 1875-1949. person
associatedWith Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. corporateBody
associatedWith Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Office of the Director. corporateBody
associatedWith Offner, Richard, 1889-1965. person
associatedWith Panofsky, Erwin, 1892-1968. person
associatedWith Perkins, F. Mason. person
associatedWith Planiscig, Leo, 1887-1952. person
associatedWith Sachs, Paul J. (Paul Joseph), 1878-1965. person
associatedWith Schottm"uller, Frida, 1872-1936. person
associatedWith Straus, Edith A. (Edith Abraham). person
associatedWith Testa, Enrico. person
associatedWith Tietze, Hans, 1880-1954. person
associatedWith Venturi, Adolfo, 1856-1941. person
correspondedWith Villard, Oswald Garrison, 1872-1949 person
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Art historians as collectors
Art museums
Bronzes, Renaissance
Art critics
Art dealers
Art historians


Birth 1876

Death 1944







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SNAC ID: 20497623