When steel magnate Henry Clay Frick first arrived in New York, he took a carriage ride through Central Park, past the mansion of his arch-rival, Andrew Carnegie. He resolved to build a mansion for himself, … that will make Andy’s look like a miner’s shack, and this was the result. Frick was already one of the country’s premier art collectors, thanks to the salesmanship of dealer Joseph Duveen, who steered him to architect Thomas Hastings for a building worthy of his collection. The dealer also recommended interior decorator Elsie de Wolfe to select antique furnishings from his own warehouse. After Mrs. Frick died in 1931, Duveen oversaw the mansion’s transformation into a major art gallery.
FRICK COLLECTION NEW YORK Photo Gallery
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