1979

Past Exhibition: English 18th Century Silver

Lidded silver dish with supine bird on top
English 18th Century Silver in The Frick Collection
November 13, 1978 to March 18, 1979

Following the previous summer's exhibition devoted to bronzes by Severo Calzetta, this was the second exhibition to focus on lesser-known aspects of The Frick Collection — in this case eleven eighteenth and early nineteenth-century objects in silver or silver-gilt by Paul De Lamerie, William Pitts, Paul Storr, Benjamin and James Smith, and the London monogrammist I S. Complementing these pieces were twenty-eight borrowed works by the same artisans and their contemporary silversmiths Daniel Garnier, Pierre Platel, William Lukin and Nicholas Sprimont.

Past Exhibition: Holbein Miniatures

Miniature painting of bust portrait of Renaissance-era woman holding a book
Holbein Miniatures
January 30, 1979 to December 31, 1979

The Frick Collection offered the public a unique opportunity to view two miniatures by the German artist Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/98–1543) representing Margaret and William Roper, members of Sir Thomas More's family. The round watercolor miniatures on vellum were placed in the Living Hall beneath The Frick Collection's oil portrait of Sir Thomas More by Holbein. The miniatures were generously placed on long-term loan at The Frick Collection by The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Past Exhibition: Abraham Miller, Woodcarver

photograph of wood carving with birds, nuts, and berries.
Abraham Miller, Woodcarver
October 16, 1979 to December 30, 1979

Visitors to The Frick Collection had the unusual opportunity of viewing a number of woodcarvings by Abraham Miller, a craftsman who worked on the decoration of the rooms in the Collection. A striking example of such decorative woodwork is the chimney piece ornamented with garlands of flowers and foliage in the Library. Fifteen works were assembled, five of which had recently been given to the Collection by the artist’s widow, Rose Miller of Bloomfield, New Jersey. The gift includes Mr.

Past Exhibition: Drawings by Fragonard in North American Collections

Drawing of a park with trees and sculpture features.
Drawings by Fragonard in North American Collections
April 21, 1979 to June 3, 1979

The Frick Collection presented an exhibition entitled "Fragonard Drawings in North American Collections," previously shown at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and at the Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge. This important and beautiful exhibition, curated by Eunice Williams, Assistant Curator of Drawings at the Fogg Art Museum, was comprised of sixty-three drawings by Fragonard, along with a few comparative examples of work by contemporary French artists.