William Tilden Blodgett

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William T. Blodgett
William Tilden Blodgett.jpg
Born 1823
Died 4 November 1875

William Tilden Blodgett (1823 – 4 November 1875) was a New York City art collector who was instrumental in founding the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

He was active in the American Civil War and organized the NYC Union League Club and the Sanitary Fair to raise funds for the wounded. He founded the newspaper The Nation and was a leader in establishing the American Museum of Natural History. He was a founding member of the committee to form the Met in 1869 and was its first chairman. He had been on the selection committee for the American works to be presented at the French exhibition of 1867 and thus felt he knew enough to purchase pictures for the young museum while abroad in 1870.

He purchased a total of 174 pictures which he financed together with John Taylor Johnston and about half of this "1871 purchase" is still in the museum.[1]

These pictures are:

image title creator inception inventory number The Met url
Caspar de Crayer Alexander and Diogenes.jpg
The Meeting of Alexander the Great and Diogenes Caspar de Crayer 71.1 MET
A Vase with Flowers MET DP145940.jpg
A Vase with Flowers Jacob Vosmaer 71.5 MET
Margaretha Haverman - A Vase of Flowers 71.6 DT2131.jpg
A Vase of Flowers Margaretha Haverman 1716 71.6 MET
The Holy Family with Saint Anne and the Young Baptist and His Parents MET ep71.11.R.jpg
The Holy Family with Saint Anne and the Young Baptist and His Parents Jacob Jordaens 71.11 MET
The Yard of the Inn at Emmaus MET ep71.12.bw.R.jpg
The Yard of the Inn at Emmaus David Ryckaert 71.12 MET
Rustic Interior MET ep71.13.bw.R.jpg
Rustic Interior David Ryckaert 71.13 MET
A Cat Stealing Fish MET DP-1149-001.jpg
A Cat Stealing Fish Giuseppe Recco 71.17 MET
Vanitas Still Life MET DP146494.jpg
Vanitas Still Life Evert Collier 1662 71.19 MET
Battle Scene MET DP143186.jpg
Battle Scene Johannes Lingelbach 1671 71.23 MET
The Sacrifice of Isaac MET DT200612.jpg
The Sacrifice of Isaac Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo 71.28 MET
Interior of Saint Peter's, Rome MET DP123936.jpg
Interior of Saint Peter's, Rome Giovanni Paolo Panini 71.31 MET
Gillis van Tilborgh - Group Portrait - A Wedding Celebration.jpg
Group Portrait: A Wedding Celebration Gillis van Tilborgh 71.32 MET
Saint Remigius Replenishing the Barrel of Wine; (interior) Saint Remigius and the Burning Wheat MET DT256630.jpg
Saint Remigius Replenishing the Barrel of Wine; (interior) Saint Remigius and the Burning Wheat Swiss Painter 1500 71.33ab MET
Portrait of a Woman MET DP280381.jpg
Portrait of a Woman Bernhard Strigel 71.34 MET
Jacob Willemsz. van Veen (1456–1535), the Artist's Father MET DP257598.jpg
Jacob Willemsz. van Veen (1456–1535), the Artist's Father Maarten van Heemskerck 1532 71.36 MET
Saint Agapitus of Praeneste in the Arena; (interior) The Beheading of Saint Agapitus of Praeneste MET DP164845.jpg
Saint Agapitus of Praeneste in the Arena; (interior) The Beheading of Saint Agapitus of Praeneste Swiss Painter 1500 71.40ab MET
Anthony van Dyck - Saint Rosalie Interceding for the Plague-stricken of Palermo.jpg
Saint Rosalie Interceding for the Plague-stricken of Palermo Anthony van Dyck 1624 71.41 MET
A Basket and Birds MET ep71.43.bw.R.jpg
A Basket and Birds Jan Fyt 71.43 MET
A Hare and Birds MET ep71.44.bw.R.jpg
A Hare and Birds Jan Fyt 71.44 MET
A Partridge and Small Game Birds MET DP104991.jpg
A Partridge and Small Game Birds Jan Fyt 71.45 MET
Portrait of a Young Woman MET DT200588.jpg
Portrait of a Young Woman Cornelis de Vos 71.46 MET
Interior of a Gothic Church at Night MET ep71.50.bw.R.jpg
Interior of a Gothic Church at Night Pieter Neeffs II 71.50 MET
Midas Washing at the Source of the Pactolus MET DP123854.jpg
Midas Washing at the Source of the Pactolus Nicolas Poussin 71.56 MET
Jean-Baptiste Oudry - Canards dans le soleil (1753).jpg
Ducks Resting in Sunshine Jean-Baptiste Oudry 1753 71.57 MET
The Farrier MET DP143187.jpg
The Farrier Aert van der Neer 71.60 MET
View of the Haarlemmermeer 1646 Jan van Goyen.jpg
View of Haarlem and the Haarlemmer Meer Jan van Goyen 1646 71.62 MET
Abraham de Vries - Portrait of a man.jpg
Portrait of a Man Abraham de Vries 1643 71.63 MET
Interior of a Kitchen MET DP143189.jpg
Interior of a Kitchen Willem Kalf 71.69 MET
Portrait of Johan Hulshout (1623–1687) DP143190.jpg
Portrait of Johan Hulshout (1623–1687) Pieter Cornelisz van Slingelandt 1670 71.70 MET
Portrait of a Man MET DP143191.jpg
Portrait of a Man Bartholomeus van der Helst 1647 71.73 MET
Drawing the Eel MET DP147902.jpg
Drawing the Eel Salomon van Ruysdael 71.75 MET
Umkreis Frans Hals New Yorker Malle Babbe.jpg
Malle Babbe Style of Frans Hals 1700s 71.76 MET
Still Life with a Glass and Oysters MET DP147903.jpg
Still Life with a Glass and Oysters Jan Davidsz. de Heem 71.78 MET
Beggars at a Doorway MET ep71.80.R.jpg
Beggars at a Doorway Master of the Béguins 1700s 71.80 MET
Man in Armor (Mars?) MET DP145410.jpg
Man in Armor (Mars?) Style of Rembrandt 1700s 71.84 MET
Jean-Baptiste Oudry - Dog Guarding Dead Game.jpg
Dog Guarding Dead Game Jean-Baptiste Oudry 1753 71.89 MET
Study Head of a Woman MET ep71.91.R.jpg
Study Head of a Woman Jean-Baptiste Greuze 71.91 MET
The Forge MET ep71.93.R.jpg
The Forge Léonard Defrance 71.93 MET
A Cavalry Engagement MET ep71.96.R.jpg
A Cavalry Engagement Adam Frans van der Meulen 71.96 MET
Marine MET DP145942.jpg
Marine Salomon van Ruysdael 1650 71.98 MET
David Teniers the Younger - Peasants Dancing and Feasting DP120379.jpg
Peasants Dancing and Feasting David Teniers the Younger 1660 71.99 MET
The Adoration of the Magi MET DP332733.jpg
The Adoration of the Magi Copy after Hugo van der Goes 1500s 71.100 MET
Defrance, Léonard, The rope dancer, Metropolitan Museum of Art.jpg
The Rope Dance Léonard Defrance 71.105 MET
A Banquet MET DP143192.jpg
A Banquet Dirck Hals 1628 71.108 MET
The Spinner MET DP143193.jpg
The Spinner Quirijn van Brekelenkam 1653 71.110 MET
The Pigeon House MET DP143194.jpg
The Pigeon House Roelof Jansz van Vries 71.116 MET
Abraham Brueghel - Pomegranates and Other Fruit in a Landscape.jpg
Pomegranates and Other Fruit in a Landscape Abraham Brueghel 71.118 MET
The Grand Canal above the Rialto MET DP124053.jpg
The Grand Canal above the Rialto Francesco Guardi 71.119 MET
Santa Maria della Salute MET ep71.120.bw.R.jpg
Santa Maria della Salute Francesco Guardi 71.120 MET
The Investiture of Bishop Harold as Duke of Franconia MET DP123856.jpg
The Investiture of Bishop Harold as Duke of Franconia Giovanni Battista Tiepolo 71.121 MET
Peasants Dancing MET DP145943.jpg
Peasants Dancing Johannes Lingelbach 1651 71.123 MET
Rest MET DP143195.jpg
Rest Nicolaes Pieterszoon Berchem 1644 71.125 MET
Lucas Cranach d.Ä. - Johann der Beständige, Kurfürst von Sachsen.jpg
Johann I (1468–1532), the Constant, Elector of Saxony Workshop of Lucas Cranach the Elder 1532 71.128 MET
View of the Town of Alkmaar MET DP145944.jpg
View of the Town of Alkmaar Salomon van Ruysdael 71.135 MET
Surprised, or Infidelity Found Out MET DP273092.jpg
Surprised, or Infidelity Found Out Christian Wilhelm Ernst Dietrich 71.142 MET
The Calling of Matthew MET DT201070.jpg
The Calling of Matthew Workshop of Jan Sanders van Hemessen 1600s 71.155 MET
The Mourning Virgin; The Man of Sorrows MET DT241954.jpg
The Mourning Virgin; The Man of Sorrows Copy after Dieric Bouts 1600s 71.156–57 MET
The Newborn Baby MET DP146497.jpg
The Newborn Baby Matthijs Naiveu 1675 71.160 MET
The Adoration of the Shepherds MET ep71.162.bw.R.jpg
The Adoration of the Shepherds Christian Wilhelm Ernst Dietrich 71.162 MET
Abraham's Parting from the Family of Lot MET DP143196.jpg
Abraham's Parting from the Family of Lot Jan Victors 71.170 MET


References

  1. ^ Today in MET History], museum blog in 2011

External links

  • William Tilden Blodgett and the Beginnings of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, article by De Forest, Robert W., The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, Vol. 1, Feb. 1906
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