Major Bequest to The Frick Collection Featured in Fall Exhibition - The Art of the Timekeeper: Masterpieces from the Winthrop Edey Bequest

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Exhibition Dates:
The Art of the Timekeeper: Masterpieces from the Winthrop Edey Bequest, November 14, 2001, through February 24, 2002

With its major fall and winter exhibition, The Frick Collection introduces to the public a significant gift of clocks and watches from the estate of a remarkable collector and scholar, Winthrop Kellogg Edey (1937-1999). The Art of the Timekeeper: Masterpieces from the Winthrop Edey Bequest features a group of thirteen clocks and eight watches selected from a larger, multi-faceted gift—many of which are on view for the first time. Ranging in date from the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries, arguably the most remarkable period in the history of timekeeping, they reveal the breadth of Edey’s passion for collecting. They also illustrate several significant technical developments that influenced the design and appearance of clocks and watches and offer a sense of the impact that improved methods of timekeeping had upon the growth of Western civilization. The Art of the Timekeeper is organized by guest curator and museum consultant William J. H. Andrewes, formerly David P. Wheatland Curator, Harvard University, author of The Quest for Longitude (1996) and co-author with Dava Sobel of the bestseller The Illustrated Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time (1998).