William Sturgis Bigelow - Letter to Isabella Stewart Gardner from Boston, 12 March 1895

William Sturgis Bigelow

Letter to Isabella Stewart Gardner from 60 Beacon Street, Boston, 12 March 1895

Ink on paper, 20 x 25 cm (7 7/8 x 9 13/16 in.) sheet

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Object details

Accession number

ARC.000422

Object Case

Presidents and Statesmen Case

Language

English

Marks

Stationery printed: 60 Beacon Street.
Marked in colored pencil on envelope (recto, center left): 37
Inscribed in ink on envelope (recto, top left): Grand Hotel / Rome
Inscribed in ink on envelope (recto, botton right): Baring Bros / London / England [crossed out]


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Commentary

Boston collectors swooned over Gardner’s new Botticelli. This letter from William Bigelow, a trustee at the Museum of Fine Arts, highlights the fierce competition for Italian paintings in Gilded Age America.