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Guide to the Bryan Gallery of Christian Art Print Collection
circa 1525-circa 1870
 PR-143

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Collection processed by Jenny Gotwals (2002); migrated to ArchivesSpace by Joseph Ditta (2020).

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on September 09, 2020
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Biographical note

Thomas Jefferson Bryan was the first major American collector and connoisseur of European paintings. He was born in Philadelphia in 1802. In 1852, after spending twenty years in Europe, he returned to New York and opened the Gallery of Christian Art, which he operated out of his residence on Broadway. As his collection grew, he sought a more permanent home for it, and arranged its transfer to the New-York Historical Society in 1867. Bryan continued to add to the collection until his death in 1870.