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Generally-Related Subject Description: The Walters Art Museum is an amazing art museum in Baltimore. I had never been in it until Dollar Days but was immediately impressed by the breadth of their collection.
In 1840, William Thompson Walters (1819-94) of Liverpool, Pennsylvania, arrived in Baltimore. Establishing a wholesale liquor house, by 1857 he had acquired the means to move with his family to Mount Vernon Place. He then began to patronize both local and New York-based artists. Following the outbreak of the Civil War, Walters took his family to Paris. While abroad, he was guided by a Baltimore expatriate, George A. Lucas, on visits to the artists' studios and museums. A life-long interest in Chinese and Japanese art was awakened by a visit to the International Exhibition held in London in 1862. Tragically, his wife, Ellen, succumbed to pneumonia on this trip, leaving him to rear their two children, Henry and Jennie.
Following his return to Baltimore in 1865, the Walters' business interests shifted to banking and railroads. He invested in a number of Carolina railroads, which eventually merged to form the Atlantic Coast Line. Meanwhile, he continued to collect, specializing in contemporary European paintings and sculpture and in Asian decorative arts, particularly porcelains and lacquers.
Henry Walters (1848-1931) spent much of his life outside of his native city of Baltimore. During the Civil War, he lived with his family in France. He received his education at Georgetown College and at Lawrence Scientific School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Employed by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, he rose through its ranks, becoming general manager, president, and eventually chairman. Henry divided his time between the railroad's headquarters in New York and the houses of his friends the Pembroke Joneses in Wilmington, North Carolina, and Newport, Rhode Island. However, he maintained ties with Baltimore, serving as chairman of the Safe Deposit and Trust Company (now the Mercantile-Safe Dep ...More...
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2013 photos: So far, my camera is mostly the Fuji X-S1 but, depending on the event, I'm also using a Nikon D7000 and Nikon D600.
Trips this year have been limited to a Civil War Trust conference in Memphis.