John Quinn

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Exhibition Label
Born Tiffin, Ohio
Born to Irish immigrants, John Quinn established his reputation in his twenties as a brilliant lawyer in New York. His deep interest in contemporary literature led him to collect first editions of the work of John Butler Yeats, Lady Gregory, Douglas Hyde, and other contemporary Irish writers. In time, Quinn’s literary interests shifted to modern art, and he soon became a significant collector. Armory Show organizer Walter Pach served as an art adviser to Quinn, who ultimately made his first art purchase at the 1913 show and continued to collect art based on Pach’s recommendations. Summarizing the importance of the Armory Show at its opening, Quinn said, "it . . . [is] time the American people had an opportunity to see and judge for themselves concerning the work of the Europeans who are creating a new art."
The sitter; his sister Julia Quinn Anderson; her daughter Mary Anderson Conroy; her husband Thomas F. Conroy; gift to NPG
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Dr. Thomas F. Conroy
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Object number
John Butler Yeats, 16 Mar 1839 - 3 Feb 1922
John Quinn, 24 Apr 1870 - 28 Jul 1924
Costume\Dress Accessory\Tie\Necktie
John Quinn: Male
John Quinn: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer
John Quinn: Humanities and Social Sciences\Antiquary
John Quinn: Visual Arts\Art Collector
John Quinn: Visual Arts\Art Patron
Oil on canvas
Accurate: 71 x 55.5cm (27 15/16 x 21 7/8")
Frame: 83.3 × 68.1 × 4.4cm (32 13/16 × 26 13/16 × 1 3/4")
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