History of The Frick Collection: The Early Years

Tintype of Henry Clay Frick, circa 1880

Portrait of Henry Clay Frick

Henry Clay Frick, age 25, 1874

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Portrait of Helen Clay Frick and "Fudgie," 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.

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.

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

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.

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.