Ante-Room

Past Exhibition: Old Master Drawings

Drawing in blue and gold of the Virgin Mary holding babyJesus.
Old Master Drawings
July 11, 1969 to September 28, 1969

An exhibition devoted to eight old master drawings. These  were acquired by the Trustees after 1919 to complement paintings in the Frick Collection and add to the original group of drawings assembled by Henry Clay Frick.

Past Exhibition: Art of the Sixteenth Century

Painting of three soldiers with a drum, flute, and banner
Art of the Sixteenth Century
October 15, 1968 to January 5, 1969

 The Frick Collection presented an exhibition of sixteenth-century paintings, drawings, and prints, showing a recently acquired Bruegel panel, The Three Soldiers, together with drawings by Altdorfer and Deutsch depicting the same type of colorful mercenary soldiers, called landsknechte. Drawings by Dürer, Rubens, and Titian were also displayed.

Past Exhibition: Works of James A. McNeill Whistler

chalk and pastel drawing of Venetian canal on light brown paper
Works of James A. McNeill Whistler in The Frick Collection
May 30, 1968 to June 30, 1968

As part of a series of exhibitions devoted to drawings and prints in its collection, The Frick Collection presented one focused on the work of James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834–1903), including three pastels and eight etchings. In addition, four paintings by this artist were on view in the galleries. All twelve etchings exhibited belong to the "Venice Set," commissioned by the London Fine Art Society in 1878.

Past Exhibition: Rembrandt’s Drawings and Prints in The Frick Collection

Sketch of Issac blessing Jacob in brown and grey tones.
Rembrandt’s Drawings and Prints in The Frick Collection
January 9, 1969 to April 21, 1969

The Frick Collection held an exhibition of thirteen works by Rembrandt as part of a series of exhibitions of drawings and prints belonging to The Frick Collection. Three drawings acquired by Henry Clay Frick in 1913 were included, as well as ten prints purchased between 1915 and 1919.

Past Exhibition: H. D. M. Grier Memorial Loan Exhibition

Conte drawing of the sermon on the mount
H. D. M. Grier Memorial Loan Exhibition: Paintings and Drawings Related to Works in The Frick Collection
November 14, 1972 to November 26, 1972

This unique loan exhibition was assembled to honor the accomplishments of Harry D. M. Grier (1914–1972), third Director of The Frick Collection. Generous lenders made it possible to bring together, in most cases for the first time, major preparatory studies and alternate versions of some of the most significant paintings in The Frick Collection.

Past Exhibition: Paintings from the Collection of Miss Helen Clay Frick

black and white photograph of Helen Clay Frick, profile bust portrait with her hair in a loose chignon
Paintings from the Collection of Miss Helen Clay Frick
May 10, 1973 to September 9, 1973

The Frick Collection presented a special loan exhibition of Italian paintings from the collection of Miss Helen Clay Frick. Although some of these paintings, including works by Duccio, Sassetta and Giovanni di Paolo, were well known to scholars, they had rarely been on public view.  Miss Frick acquired the paintings in the 1920s and early 1930s--a time when Italian primitive and particularly Sienese paintings were much sought after by collectors. The majority of the early Italian paintings in The Frick Collection were also obtained during that same time period.

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: The White, Allom Library Model

Black and white photograph of the Library at the Frick residence in 1927.
The White, Allom Library Model at the Frick Collection
August 4, 1982 to October 3, 1982

A special exhibition devoted to White, Allom & Co., the decorating firm responsible for many of the first-floor interiors of The Frick Collection, centered around what is believed to be the decorator’s model for the Library, on loan from the Museum of the City of New York. Also included were a number of the collection’s own studies by White, Allom & Co. for furniture designed especially for the residence of Henry Clay Frick, as well as several woodcarvings by Abraham Miller, a craftsman associated with the firm, who carved the Library’s mantelpiece with floral garlands.

Ante-Room

Current Exhibition: Elective Affinities: Edmund de Waal at The Frick Collection
May 30, 2019 to November 17, 2019


The Octagon Room and the adjacent Anteroom were created during the mansion’s transformation into a museum in the 1930s on the site of the Butler’s Pantry.