Winthrop, Grenville Lindall, 1864-1943

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Lawyer and art connoisseur. Educated at Harvard (Class of 1886). Maintained residences in New York and Lenox, Mass. Made many gifts to the Fogg Art Museum during his lifetime, and left his entire collection to the Museum in 1943.

From the description of Papers of Grenville L. Winthrop, 1885-1943 (inclusive). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 234360169

Grenville Lindall Winthrop, lawyer and art collector, was born in New York, N.Y. on February 11, 1864. He received his A.B. from Harvard College in 1886 and his LL.B., a two year degree, from Harvard Law School in 1888. Winthrop resided in Beck Hall at Harvard from 1883 to 1886 and from 1887 to 1888 as both an undergraduate and a law student. In 1892, Winthrop married Mary Tallmadge Turner (d. Dec. 1, 1900) of Yonkers, N.Y; the couple had two children. He later became a member of the law firm Ludlow, Phillips and; Winthrop. Winthrop was also a prolific art collector. In Forty Prints from Forty Friends, published in 1990 by the Harvard Alumni Association for its 150th anniversary, Winthrop is described as being one of the most important donors of art to Harvard. Upon his death on January 19, 1943 in Lenox, Mass., Winthrop bequeathed nearly 4,000 Asian, European, and American works of art to Harvard; many of these works are currently held by Harvard's Fogg Museum.

Built in 1876, Beck Hall was known for a time as "Centennial Hall." It was originally owned by Mrs. Anna Möring, who was the daughter of Charles Beck (1798-1866); a professor of Latin at Harvard from 1832-1850. Beck Hall was one of Harvard's "Gold Coast" residence halls and served as a private dormitory for many notable upper-class Harvard students, including Theodore Roosevelt (Harvard College Class of 1880), J.P. Morgan (Harvard class of 1889), and John Jacob Astor IV (Harvard College Class of 1888). Beck Hall was never owned by Harvard, but was located in close proximity to Harvard at the intersection of Quincy Street, Harvard Avenue, and Massachusetts Avenue. Among Beck Hall's noteworthy features were its elaborate furnishings and décor, which included high ceilings, chandeliers, marble mantles, ash trim, and oak paneling, as well as a steam heating apparatus. C.C. Stellman (Harvard College Class of 1898) was the last in a series of Harvard alumni to own Beck Hall; he died in 1927. In 1926, a year before Stellman's death, the Beck Hall Trust was created by a group of Harvard alumni to ensure that Beck Hall remained affiliated with Harvard. In 1930, despite the Trust's efforts, Beck Hall was sold at auction to James T. Thurman of Boston, Mass., a businessman in the wool industry. Beck Hall was later demolished, and a Gulf gasoline service station built in its place. As of 2011, the Inn at Harvard stands on the site.

From the description of Photograph album of Grenville Lindall Winthrop, ca. 1886. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 712906132

Grenville Lindall Winthrop, lawyer and art collector, was born in New York, N.Y. on February 11, 1864. He received his A.B. from Harvard College in 1886 and his LL.B., a two year degree, from Harvard Law School in 1888. Winthrop resided in Beck Hall at Harvard from 1883 to 1886 and from 1887 to 1888 as both an undergraduate and a law student. In 1892, Winthrop married Mary Tallmadge Turner (d. Dec. 1, 1900) of Yonkers, N.Y; the couple had two children. He later became a member of the law firm Ludlow, Phillips & Winthrop. Winthrop was also a prolific art collector. In Forty Prints from Forty Friends, published in 1990 by the Harvard Alumni Association for its 150th anniversary, Winthrop is described as being one of the most important donors of art to Harvard. Upon his death on January 19, 1943 in Lenox, Mass., Winthrop bequeathed nearly 4,000 Asian, European, and American works of art to Harvard; many of these works are currently held by Harvard’s Fogg Museum.

Built in 1876, Beck Hall was known for a time as “Centennial Hall.” It was originally owned by Mrs. Anna Möring, who was the daughter of Charles Beck (1798-1866); a professor of Latin at Harvard from 1832-1850. Beck Hall was one of Harvard’s “Gold Coast” residence halls and served as a private dormitory for many notable upper-class Harvard students, including Theodore Roosevelt (Harvard class of 1880), J.P. Morgan (Harvard class of 1889), and John Jacob Astor IV (Harvard class of 1888). Beck Hall was never owned by Harvard, but was located in close proximity to Harvard at the intersection of Quincy Street, Harvard Avenue, and Massachusetts Avenue. Among Beck Hall’s noteworthy features were its elaborate furnishings and décor, which included high ceilings, chandeliers, marble mantles, ash trim, and oak paneling, as well as a ‘steam heating apparatus.’ C.C. Stellman (Harvard class of 1898) was the last in a series of Harvard alumni to own Beck Hall; he died in 1927. In 1926, a year before Stellman’s death, the Beck Hall Trust was created by a group of Harvard alumni to ensure that Beck Hall remained affiliated with Harvard. In 1930, despite the Trust’s efforts, Beck Hall was sold at auction to James T. Thurman of Boston, Mass., a businessman in the wool industry. Beck Hall was later demolished, and a Gulf gasoline service station built in its place. As of 2011, the Inn at Harvard stands on the site.

From the guide to the Photograph album of Grenville Lindall Winthrop, ca. 1886, (Harvard University Archives)

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referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, E-K. Houghton Library.
referencedIn George Sarton additional papers, 1901-1956. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Berenson, Bernard, 1865-1959. Bernard and Mary Berenson, Papers (1880-2002, bulk 1880-1959) : a finding aid. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Birnbaum, Martin, 1878-1970. Martin Birnbaum papers, 1862-1970. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Sachs, Paul J. (Paul Joseph), 1878-1965. Papers, 1903-2005. Harvard University Art Museum
referencedIn Fogg Art Museum. Archives of the Fogg Art Museum, 1895-1985 (inclusive). Harvard University Art Museum
referencedIn Autograph File, B, ca.1500-1976. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Papers, 1867-2005 Harvard Art Museum Archives, Harvard University
creatorOf Photograph album of Grenville Lindall Winthrop, ca. 1886 Harvard University Archives.
creatorOf Pach, Walter, 1883-1958. Walter Pach letter to Grenville Winthrop, 1933 Apr. 30. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Forbes, Edward Waldo, 1873-1969. Papers, 1867-2005. Harvard University Art Museum
referencedIn General information about gifts to Harvard from Grenville L. Winthrop. Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Harvard University. Fine Arts Library. Correspondence and other records of the Librarian, 1930-ca.1969 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Autograph File, A, 1518-2002. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Autograph File, L, 1641-1976. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Berenson, Bernard and Mary. Papers, 1880-2002, 1880-2002 Biblioteca Berenson, Villa I Tatti - The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies
creatorOf Winthrop, Grenville Lindall, 1864-1943. Papers of Grenville L. Winthrop, 1885-1943 (inclusive). Harvard University Art Museum
referencedIn Autograph File, E, 1564-1961. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Autograph File, F, 1447-1994. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Winthrop, Grenville Lindall, 1864-1943. Letter, 1916 Oct. 8, Lenox [Mass.?] to Miss Field [n.p.] University of Michigan
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, R-Z, and unidentified. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Autograph File, B, ca.1500-1976. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Harvard Art Museum. Exhibition Records, 1905-2008 Harvard Art Museum Archives, Harvard University
referencedIn Autograph File, S, 1556-1996. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Winthrop, Grenville Lindall, 1864-1943. Photograph album of Grenville Lindall Winthrop, ca. 1886. Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Autograph File, F, 1447-1994. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Miscellaneous correspondence, 1849-1908. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Records of the Assistants to the Directors, 1913-1999 (inclusive), 1927-1943 (bulk) Harvard Art Museum Archives, Harvard University
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associatedWith Berenson, Bernard, 1865-1959. person
associatedWith Berenson, Mary, 1864-1945 person
associatedWith Birnbaum, Martin, 1878-1970. person
associatedWith Birnboym, Marṭin. person
associatedWith Bosch-Reitz, S. C. person
associatedWith Cortissoz, Royal, 1869-1948. person
associatedWith Field, William B. Osgood. person
associatedWith Fogg Art Museum. corporateBody
associatedWith Forbes, Edward Waldo, 1873-1969. person
associatedWith George Washington Lewis person
associatedWith Groton Place (Lenox, Mass.) corporateBody
associatedWith Harvard Art Museum Archives corporateBody
associatedWith Harvard Art Museum. Director's Office. corporateBody
associatedWith Harvard University corporateBody
associatedWith Harvard University. Fine Arts Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Houghton Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Houghton Library. person
associatedWith Lowell, A. Lawrence (Abbott Lawrence), 1856-1943. person
associatedWith Manship, Paul, 1885-1966. person
associatedWith Norton, Charles Eliot, 1827-1908 person
associatedWith Pach, Walter, 1883-1958. person
associatedWith Porcellian Club corporateBody
associatedWith Rathbone, Frederick. person
associatedWith Sachs, Paul J. (Paul Joseph), 1878-1965. person
correspondedWith Sarton, George, 1884-1956 person
associatedWith Sterner, Albert. person
associatedWith Tack, Augustus Vincent. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States--Massachusetts--Cambridge
Massachusetts--Cambridge
United States
United States--New Hampshire--Dublin
United States--New Jersey--Elberon
Subject
Sports--History--19th century
Clothing and dress--History--19th century
College students--Social life and customs--19th century
Upper class--Social life and customs--19th century
Art--Collectors and collecting
Occupation
Art dealers
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Birth 1864

Death 1943

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