John Gellatly

Media - 1932.6.1 - SAAM-1932.6.1_1 - 658
Copied Irving R. Wiles, John Gellatly, 1930-1932, oil on canvas, 7938 38 in. (200.897.6 cm) , Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 1932.6.1

Artwork Details

John Gellatly
Not on view
7938 38 in. (200.897.6 cm) 
Credit Line
Gift of the artist
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
  • Portrait male — Gellatly, John
  • Occupation — other — connoisseur
Object Number

Artwork Description

Art collecting is a hobby for some, but for John Gellatly it was a passion. His buying began in collaboration with his first wife, Edith Rogers (1858--1913), whose family manufactured railroad locomotives. The couple supported many contemporary American artists, including Abbott Handerson Thayer, Thomas Wilmer Dewing, John Henry Twachtman, and Albert Pinkham Ryder--all painters influenced by French impressionism. The Gellatlys also collected decorative arts, especially glass. After Edith's death, John's collecting pace increased, perhaps exceeding his means. By the time he donated his art collection to what later became the Smithsonian American Art Museum, few funds remained in the estate to settle his debts.

Sargent, Whistler, and Venetian Glass: American Artists and the Magic of Murano, 2021.

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