Decades before Henry Clay Frick (1849–1919) moved to New York City and began filling his mansion with artistic masterpieces, another extraordinarily wealthy collector was populating his own mammoth structure with books and art in exactly the same location. James Lenox (1800–1880) was one of the richest men in New York in the second half of the nineteenth century, and one of its most influential philanthropists and bibliophiles.
The first impression of New York...is one of repulsion at the clangor, disorder, and permanent earthquake conditions. But this time...in the centre of the cyclone, I caught the pulse of the machine, took up the rhythm...and found it simply magnificent. —William James, 1907 (Heller, 113)
NYARC Discovery (http://discovery.nyarc.org) is a new research tool from The New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC), consisting of the libraries of the Brooklyn Museum, the Frick Art Reference Library, and The Museum of Modern Art. We are happy to introduce the integration of two important collections into NYARC Discovery – the NYARC web archives collections and images from the Frick Art Reference Library’s Photoarchive.