History of The Frick Collection: The Early Years

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Tintype of Henry Clay Frick, circa 1880

photo of Henry Clay Frick in hat standing against building facade, circa 1880

Portrait of Henry Clay Frick

photo of Henry Clay Frick, circa 1916

Henry Clay Frick, age 25, 1874

photo of Henry Clay Frick, age 25, circa 1874

Portrait of Henry Clay Frick, taken in Paris during his first trip abroad in 1880.

photo of Henry Clay Frick,circa 1880,  "Paris 1880" inscribed

Adelaide and Henry Clay Frick on their wedding trip, Boston 1882.

Adelaide and Henry Clay Frick wearing outerwear, circa 1882

Adelaide Frick in her wedding gown. The Fricks were married on December 15, 1881.

Adelaide Frick in wedding gown, circa 1881

Left to right: Charles Knoedler, Andrew W. Mellon, and Henry Clay Frick, 1898.

three men in horse drawn carriage, including Henry Clay Frick, circa 1898

Portrait of Henry Clay Frick and Childs Frick, circa 1884.

photo of Henry Clay Frick, seated with toddler, Childs Frick, circa 1884

Helen Clay Frick and Childs Frick in France, circa 1898.

photo of young Helen Clay Frick and Childs Frick, circa 1898

Portrait of Childs Frick, age 18. Taken at the Falk Studio at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, 1901.

photo of Childs Frick, age 18, circa 1901

Portrait of Helen Clay Frick and "Fudgie," 1910.

Helen Clay Frick seated with dog, circa 1910

Adelaide Frick (seated at left), Henry Clay Frick (standing), and Helen Clay Frick (at right) at Eagle Rock. This image is a still from films of the family taken around 1918.

Adelaide and Henry Clay Frick in room with with man seated at card table and two young women and dog, circa 1918

Henry Clay Frick and his eldest grandchild, Adelaide Frick (later Adelaide Blanchard) at the Frick family's summer house in Pride's Crossing, Mass., 1918.

photo of Henry Clay Frick standing next to young granddaughter, Adelaide, atop horse, circa 1918

Henry Clay Frick with eldest granddaughter Adelaide Frick at Eagle Rock, 1919.

Photo of Henry Clay Frick tipping his hat and lounging on steps at with young granddaughter, Adelaide, circa 1919

Henry Clay Frick with his second grandchild Frances (later Mrs. I. Townsend Burden, Jr.). This image is a still from films of the family taken around 1918.

Still of Henry Clay Frick seated outside with grandchild, Frances in lap, holding cat, circa 1918

Henry Clay Frick with his eldest grandchild Adelaide (later Mrs. Pater Blanchard, II). This image is a still from films of the family taken around 1918.

Still of Henry Clay Frick seated with his grandaughter, Adelaide, outside,  circa 1918.

The Frick Collection's Education department, using images from the Archives, has created three slide shows illustrating the life of Henry Clay Frick and the history of The Frick Collection. The slide shows are entitled: Henry Clay Frick: The Early Years, Building the House, and Acquiring the Collection. A selection of original documents from the Archives illustrating daily life at 1 East 70th Street is also featured.

For more information, see: Collection  History.

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