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Old Westbury -- Groton Place

Former owner:
Hicks, Jacob  Search this
Titus, John  Search this
Winthrop, Robert W.  Search this
Winthrop, Beekman  Search this
Winthrop, R. D.  Search this
Sedgwick, Henry Renwick  Search this
Winthrop, Grenville Lindall, 1864-1943  Search this
Deed holder:
Willis, William  Search this
Provenance:
North Country Garden Club of Long Island  Search this
Landscape architect:
Innocenti & Webel  Search this
Architect:
McKim, Mead & White  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
Groton Place (Old Westbury, New York)
United States of America -- New York -- Nassau County -- Old Westbury
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes worksheets, photocopies of articles and other information.
General:
The landscaping for Groton Place was designed in the 1930s by Umberto Innocenti and Richard K. Webel, featuring uninterrupted axial passages with stopping places but no feeling of enclosure. Since then the trees on the property have matured, the serpentine yew hedge has filled in, and the original oval rose garden has been converted to flowering shrubs. A ha-ha separates the house and the ornamental gardens from horse pastures. A pinetum shades the rectangular swimming pool, and woodlands on the property are filled with native trees and shrubs. A mature cedar allée leads to the stables, the one example of a passage that ends in a structure. Architects McKim, Mead & White designed a house and outbuildings at Groton Place in 1912, but that house was razed in 1948 and another Georgian house on the property built in the 1930s is the residence of the current owners.
In 1968 a parcel of 250 acres of land was sold to a golf club, and the remaining 108 acres of Groton Place were placed in a conservation easement for protection.
Persons associated with the garden include William Willis (deed holder, 1700s); members of the John Titus and Jacob Hicks families (former owners, 1700s-circa 1895); Robert Dudley Winthrop (former owner, 1895); Beekman Winthrop (former owner, 1912); Grenville L. Winthrop (former owner, 1940); Robert W. Winthrop (former owner, 1943-1997); Henry Renwick Sedgwick (architect, 1932); McKim, Meade & White (architects of former house and stables, circa 1912); Umberto Innocenti (d. 1968) & Richard K.Webel (d. 2000)(landscape architects, 1930s).
Related Materials:
Groton Place related holdings consist of 2 folders (14 35mm. slides (photographs))
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original archival materials by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Topic:
Gardens -- New York -- Old Westbury  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, File NY447
See more items in:
The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / New York
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kb6beaf2074-40c7-43dd-9a09-3c75b7d81f18
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-gca-ref26965
Online Media:

Martin Birnbaum papers

Creator:
Birnbaum, Martin, 1878-1970  Search this
Names:
Fogg Art Museum  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Philadelphia Museum of Art  Search this
Scott & Fowles (Firm)  Search this
Beardsley, Aubrey, 1872-1898  Search this
Beaux, Cecilia, 1855-1942  Search this
Bruce, Edward, 1879-1943  Search this
Bufano, Beniamino, 1898-1970  Search this
Chanler, Robert Winthrop, 1872-1930  Search this
Choate, Mabel, 1870-1958  Search this
Clark, Stephen C. (Stephen Carlton), b. 1882  Search this
Cœdès, George  Search this
Davis, Edmund  Search this
Davis, Reginald  Search this
Despiau, Charles, 1874-1946  Search this
Diederich, William Hunt, 1884-1953  Search this
Dillingham, Louise  Search this
Douglas, Norman, 1868-1952  Search this
Dulac, Edmund, 1882-1953  Search this
Fernández, Luis, 1900-1973  Search this
Haseltine, Herbert, 1877-1962  Search this
Hoffman, Malvina, 1887-1966  Search this
Hoowij, Jan, 1907-  Search this
Jacobs, Leonebel  Search this
John, Augustus, 1878-1961  Search this
Jones, Lois Mailou, 1905-1998  Search this
Kester, Lenard, 1917-  Search this
Manship, Paul, 1885-1966  Search this
McIlhenny, Henry P.  Search this
Melchers, Gari, 1860-1932  Search this
Nadelman, Elie, 1882-1946  Search this
Parmelee, James  Search this
Parrish, Maxfield, 1870-1966  Search this
Potterton, Alfred B.  Search this
Richter, Gisela Marie Augusta, 1882-1972  Search this
Ricketts, Charles S., 1866-1931  Search this
Rock, Joseph Francis Charles, 1884-1962  Search this
Rothenstein, William, Sir, 1872-1945  Search this
Sargent, John Singer, 1856-1925  Search this
Scott, Stevenson  Search this
Scudder, Janet, b. 1873  Search this
Sinclair, Upton, 1878-1968  Search this
Sprinchorn, Carl, 1887-1971  Search this
Stein, Leo, 1872-1947  Search this
Sterne, Maurice, 1878-1957  Search this
Sterner, Albert, 1863-1946  Search this
Werntz, Carl N. (Carl Newland), 1874-1944  Search this
Wilson, Stanley  Search this
Winthrop, Grenville Lindall, 1864-1943  Search this
Extent:
3.2 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sketches
Etchings
Photographs
Date:
1862-1967
bulk 1920-1967
Summary:
The papers of New York art dealer, critic, and author Martin Birnbaum measure 3.2 linear feet and date from 1862-1967, with the bulk of the material dating from 1920-1967. The papers document Birnbaum's association with the firm of Scott & Fowles, the lives and activities of his friends and colleagues, and his literary work, through biographical material, correspondence, writings and notes, business records, printed material, a scrapbook, scattered artwork, and photographs of Birnbaum, friends and colleagues, and artwork.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of New York art dealer, critic, and author Martin Birnbaum measure 3.2 linear feet and date from 1862-1967, with the bulk of the material dating from 1920-1967. The papers document Birnbaum's association with the firm of Scott & Fowles, the lives and activities of his friends and colleagues, and his literary work, through biographical material, correspondence, writings and notes, business records, printed material, a scrapbook, scattered artwork, and photographs of Birnbaum, friends and colleagues, and artwork.

Correspondence, primarily letters received by Birnbaum in New York, and throughout Europe from 1917-1960s, reflects Birnbaum's association with Scott & Fowles, particularly Stevenson Scott, and includes many details about the lives and activities of his correspondents, among them: artists Edward Bruce, Cecilia Beaux, Beniamino Bufano, Stephen C. Clark, Louise Dillingham, William Hunt Diedrich, Luis Fernandez, Herbert Haseltine, Jan Hoowij, Malvina Hoffman, Leonebel Jacobs, Lenard Kester, Lois Mailou Jones, Paul Manship, Gari Melchers, Maxfield Parrish, Charles S. Ricketts, William Rothenstein, John Singer Sargent, Janet Scudder, Carl Sprinchorn, Maurice Sterne, Albert Sterner, Carl N. Wertz, and Stanley Wilson. Also found is correspondence with art collectors and patrons including Mabel Choate, Edmund Davis, Reginald Davis, Henry P. McIlhenny, James Parmalee, Edith Wetmore, and Grenville Windall Linthrop, and museums including the Fogg Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and then curator Gisela Marie Augusta Richter, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Correspondence with scholars, writers, and publishers including George Coedes, Edmund Dulac, Joseph Francis Charles Rock, Upton Sinclair and others, documents aspects of Birnbaum's literary and scholarly work.

Writings include drafts of The Last Romantic, including Upton Sinclair's revision, and some of Birnbaum's early published and unpublished writings, as well as notes on Aubrey Beardsley.

Business records include financial records such as bills, receipts, canceled checks and statements for sales of artwork, and scattered legal records.

A small amount of printed material primarily consists of programs for musical events which evidence Birnbaum's early success as a violinist, as well as scattered news clippings, 2 exhibition catalogs, and announcements for the publications of Angkor and the Mandarin Road and The Last Romantic. Additional printed material about Birnbaum can be found in the dismantled scrapbook, 1960-1961.

Artwork includes 2 etchings and a sketch by Birnbaum, bookplates by various artists, circa 10 sketches by other and unidentified artists, and 3 cards with original artwork.

Photographs include snapshots and portraits of Birnbaum and artists and friends, among them: Robert Chanler, Charles Despiau, Norman Douglas, Luis Fernandez, Herbert Haseltine, Augustus John, Paul Manship, Gari Melchers, Elie Nadelman, Albert Sterner, Stevenson Scott, and Grenville Lindall Winthrop. Also found is a photo of Birnbaum with Edward Bruce, Alfred Potterton, Leon Stein, and Maurice Sterne, circa 1915-1916, and photographs proposed for use in The Last Romantic, travel snapshots, and photos of artwork.
Arrangement:
Collection is arranged as 8 series.

Missing Title

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1890-1950s (0.3 linear feet; Box 1, OVs 4-5)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1862-1967 (1.7 linear feet; Boxes 1-2)

Series 3: Writings and Notes, circa 1890-circa 1960 (0.45 linear feet; Box 2)

Series 4: Business Records, 1918-1967 (0.15 linear feet; Box 2)

Series 5: Printed Material, 1895-circa 1960 (0.15 linear feet; Box 3)

Series 6: Scrapbook, 1960-1961 (1 folder; Box 3)

Series 7: Artwork, circa 1890-circa 1960 (0.15 linear feet; Box 3)

Series 8: Photographs, circa 1900-circa 1960s (0.3 linear feet; Box 3)
Biographical / Historical:
New York art dealer, critic, and author Martin Birmbaum (1878-1970) was the manager of the American branch of the Berlin Photographic Company in New York City from 1910–1916, and a longtime partner in the art firm Scott & Fowles. He spent the later part of his career building the Grenville Lindall Winthrop Collection, now at the Fogg Museum.

Birnbaum immigrated to the United States from Hungary as a child. He was an accomplished violinist who studied at City College of New York, and graduated with a law degree from Columbia University in 1901, but developed a life-long interest in art during visits to Europe. As manager of the Berlin Photographic Company he had great success in staging art exhibitions at the company's New York galleries, which led him to a junior partnership in the Fifth Avenue firm of art dealers, Scott & Fowles. Birnbaum traveled widely and built relationships with many of the prominent artists and art collectors of his day and, in addition to the Grenville Lindall Winthrop collection, was influential in developing other important art collections including those of Edward Davis, Reginald Davis, and Henry P. McIlhenny.

Birnbaum wrote widely about his experiences and encounters in the world of wealthy socialites, literary salons, artists, art patrons, and collectors in publications such as Aubrey Vincent Beardsley (Berlin Photographic Co., 1911), Oscar Wilde: Fragments and Memories (J.F. Drake, Incorporated, 1914) , Vanishing Eden:Wanderings in the Tropics (New York: William E. Rudge's Sons, 1942), Angkor and the Mandarin Road (Vantage Press, 1952), and The Last Romantic (Twayne Publishers, 1961). He died in 1970 at the age of 92.
Separated Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds microfilm of material lent for microfilming (reels N698, N698A-N698B) including correspondence, bookplates, sketches, newspaper clippings, and a list of books containing ornamental drawings and illustrations. Loaned materials were returned to the lender and are not described in the collection container inventory.
Provenance:
Material on reels N698, N698A-N698B were lent for microfilming by Martin Birnbaum in 1967. The rest of the collection was donated in an anonymous gift in 1970 and by Martin Birnbaum's great-nephew, Jerome Ziegler, in 1975.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Art critics -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Authors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketches
Etchings
Photographs
Citation:
Martin Birnbaum papers, 1962-1967, bulk 1920-1967. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.birnmart
See more items in:
Martin Birnbaum papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9ca6df438-53dd-472f-9ab1-0be16d9545eb
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-birnmart
Online Media:

Walter Pach letter to Grenville Winthrop

Creator:
Pach, Walter, 1883-1958  Search this
Names:
David, Jacques Louis, 1748-1825  Search this
Meier-Graefe, Julius, 1867-1935  Search this
Winthrop, Grenville Lindall, 1864-1943  Search this
Winthrop, Grenville Lindall, 1864-1943 -- Art collections  Search this
Extent:
2 Pages
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Date:
1933 Apr. 30
Scope and Contents:
Pach writes to Winthrop asking permission to see Winthrop's collection because it contains "certain things of particular interest for my study and my painting ... Meier-Graefe [Julius Meier-Graefe] told me of seeing a David [Jacques Louis David] at your house ... and Childe Hassam, when lunching with us, spoke with enthusiasm of what he had seen when visiting you. David is of especial interest to us."
Biographical / Historical:
Pach: Artist, critic, historian, writer, art consultant, curator; New York, N.Y. Instrumental in organizing the Armory Show, 1913. Winthrop: patron; New York, N.Y. His collection, left to Harvard University, included early American portraits, drawings by English and French artists, and Chinese sculpture.
Related Materials:
Papers of Walter Pach, 1885-1956, are also located at the Helen Farr Sloan Library & Archives.
Provenance:
Donated 1993 by Paul B. Franklin, who found the letter glued into a book he purchased which was once owned by Grenville Winthrop.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Topic:
Art, Modern -- 20th century  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.pachwall
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw942efc542-aac2-4a46-b367-1428d66e7696
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-pachwall

Early Chinese jades in the Harvard Art Museums / Jenny F. So

Author:
So, Jenny F.  Search this
Subject:
Winthrop, Grenville Lindall 1864-1943 Art collections  Search this
Harvard Art Museums  Search this
Physical description:
359 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 28 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
China
Massachusetts
Cambridge
Date:
2019
Topic:
Jade art objects  Search this
Jade art objects--Private collections  Search this
Jade--Social aspects  Search this
Jade carving--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1103907

A private passion : 19th-century paintings and drawings from the Grenville L. Winthop Collection, Harvard University / edited by Stephan Wolohojian, with the assistance of Anna Tahinci

Author:
Wolohojian, Stephan  Search this
Tahinci, Anna  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Winthrop, Grenville Lindall 1864-1943 Art collections  Search this
Fogg Art Museum  Search this
Physical description:
xiv, 545 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 31 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Massachusetts
Cambridge
Date:
2003
C2003
19th century
Topic:
Art, Modern  Search this
Art--Private collections  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_798517

A catalogue of the collection of prints from the Liber studiorum of Joseph Mallord William Turner, formed by the late Francis Bullard, of Boston, Massachusetts, and bequeathed by him to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston

Author:
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston  Search this
Bullard, Francis 1862-1913  Search this
Winthrop, Grenville Lindall 1864-1943  Search this
Bradley, William Aspenwall 1878-1939  Search this
Richter, Emil Heinrich 1869-  Search this
Turner, J. M. W (Joseph Mallord William) 1775-1851 Liber studiorum. 1916  Search this
Subject:
Turner, J. M. W (Joseph Mallord William) 1775-1851  Search this
Physical description:
6 p. l., 3-203, [1] p. illus. 33 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Date:
1916
Topic:
Engraving, British  Search this
Call number:
NE642.T9B5X 1916
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_346832

Ancient Chinese jades from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University : [exhibited ... January 22-March 18, 1975] / Max Loehr, assisted by Louisa G. Fitzgerald Huber

Author:
Fogg Art Museum  Search this
Huber, Louisa G. Fitzgerald  Search this
Loehr, Max  Search this
Subject:
Winthrop, Grenville Lindall 1864-1943 Art collections  Search this
Physical description:
v, 439 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
China
Date:
1975
Topic:
Jade art objects  Search this
Call number:
739.8 .L8
NK5750.H37 1975X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_183776

Paintings and drawings of the pre-Raphaelites and their circle. Fogg museum of art, Harvard university. April 8th through June 1st, 1946

Author:
Fogg Art Museum  Search this
Winthrop, Grenville Lindall 1864-1943  Search this
Wadsworth, Mary  Search this
Physical description:
114 p. 21 pl. on 11 l. 24 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1946
1946]
Topic:
Pre-Raphaelitism  Search this
Art, British  Search this
Call number:
N6767.5.P7 H33
N6767.5.P7H33
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_54527

Grenville L. Winthrop; retrospective for a collector : Fogg Museum of Art, Cambridge, Massachusetts, January 23-March 31, 1969

Author:
Fogg Art Museum  Search this
Gillerman, Dorothy W  Search this
McKim-Smith, Gridley 1943-  Search this
Mertens, Joan R  Search this
Subject:
Winthrop, Grenville Lindall 1864-1943 Art collections  Search this
Physical description:
xix, 261 p. illus., port. 22 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1969
[1969]
Topic:
Art  Search this
Call number:
N5220.W79 H3
709 .H15
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_639

Exhibition; old Wedgwood, from the bequest of Grenville Lindall Winthrop. June 4-September 3

Author:
Fogg Art Museum  Search this
Winthrop, Grenville Lindall 1864-1943  Search this
Gorely, Jean  Search this
Wadsworth, Mary  Search this
Subject:
Wedgwood, Josiah 1730-1795  Search this
Physical description:
48 p., 1 l. 13 pl. on 7 l. 25 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1944
Topic:
Wedgwood ware  Search this
Pottery  Search this
Call number:
NK4335 .H33
NK4335.H33
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_75863

Thoughts on Chinese Buddhist gilt bronzes / by Leopold Swergold

Author:
Swergold, Leopold  Search this
Subject:
Winthrop, Grenville Lindall 1864-1943 Art collections  Search this
Swergold, Leopold Art collections  Search this
Swergold, Jane Art collections  Search this
Harvard Art Museums  Search this
Jane and Leopold Swergold Collection (Art collection)  Search this
Physical description:
107 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
China
Date:
2014
Topic:
Buddhist gilt bronzes  Search this
Gilt bronzes, Chinese  Search this
Call number:
NK7983.A1 S84 2014
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1032131

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