A Guide to
the Records of Edwin Alfred Grenville Manton 1927-2005
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute 225 South St. Williamstown, MA 01267
March 31, 2009
Finding aid encoded by Helen Ledbury
November 04 2008
Finding aid written in English.
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute 225 South St. Williamstown, MA 01267
Manton, Edwin Alfred Grenville
Records of Edwin Alfred Grenville Manton
5.42 linear feet (6 boxes)
This series contains some of the extant records of Edwin Alfred Grenville Manton, businessman, art collector and philanthropist (b.1909, d. 2005). In June 2007 the Manton Foundation donated a significant collection of British paintings, oil sketches, watercolors, and other works on paper by J.M.W. Turner, John Constable, and Thomas Gainsborough to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. The Foundation also contributed $50 million to endow the Clark's Research and Academic Program. This series contains records relating to objects which do not belong to that gift to the Clark.
CAI ARC 2008.20
Arrangement of the Papers
This series is loosely arranged. There are clusters of folders which contain similar types of documents (mostly correspondence with art dealers).
Scope and Contents of the Records
Born January 22 1909 in Essex, England, 20 miles from Constable's birth place, Edwin "Jim" / "Jimmy" Alfred Grenville Manton grew up and was educated in Britain. In 1933 he joined the fledgling American International Underwriter group in New York as a casualty underwriter. He rose through the company to become Vice President in 1938, President between 1942 and 1969, Chairman between 1969 and 1975 and Senior Advisor from 1975 until his death in October 2005. He was a lifelong collector of British art, notably Constable. In 1988 he established the American Fund for the Tate Gallery with an endowment of $6.5 million. He made further gifts in 1992 and 1997, totaling tens of millions of dollars, towards the centenary development and other projects at Tate Britain. He was knighted in 1994. In June 2007 the Manton Foundation donated a significant collection of British paintings, oil sketches, watercolors, and other works on paper by J.M.W. Turner, John Constable, and Thomas Gainsborough to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. The Foundation also contributed $50 million to endow the Clark's Research and Academic Program. This series contains records relating to objects which do not belong to that gift to the Clark; much of the content is correspondence of one sort or another. This series is a small subsection of Manton's extant records and since the content was drawn from a larger collection of documents and was compiled and assembled in piecemeal fashion, the materials are loosely arranged. Some folders contain clusters of correspondence with an individual or institution or refer to an object. The records include: correspondence with art dealers, especially Oscar and Peter Johnson, Ackerman and Johnson, Leger Galleries, Spink and Sons, Spink-Leger, Salander-O'Reilly Galleries; correspondence with art historians, notably Leslie Parris who worked with and for Manton to produce a catalogue of Manton's Constable collection; correspondence with other people involved with the project to produce a catalogue of Manton's Constable collection; correspondence (a few letters) with Sir Nicholas Serota and other officials and directors at the (then) Tate Gallery; correspondence with several national art galleries about potential loans for public art exhibitions (Yale Center for British Art, National Gallery, London, National Gallery, Washington); color slides and photographs of objects which, for the most part, Manton decided not to purchase; invoices and receipts from art dealers for objects which Manton purchased; correspondence with the Art Loss Register and Kroll Associates, a private investigation company which attempted to recover Manton's lost art; correspondence with security consultants and insurers; letters of thanks which Manton received from the recipients of his Constable catalogue; page proofs for the Constable catalogue; page proofs from the Constable supplement catalogue; newspapers and newspaper clippings relating to Constable and his work and to repatriated works of art taken by the Nazis; AIG brochures; records of art works for insurance purposes; correspondence with the Salmagundi Club concerning an exhibit of John Constable works belonging to Manton.
History of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
In 1950 Sterling and Francine Clark chartered the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute as a home for their extensive art collection. Opened to public in 1955, the Institute has built upon this extraordinary group of works to become one of the most beloved and respected art museums in the world, known for its intimate galleries and stunning natural environment. One of the few institutions in the United States that combines a public art museum with a complement of research and academic programs, including a major art history library, the Clark is now a leading international center for research and discussion on the nature of art and art history. Building upon the founders' legacy, the Institute has recently unveiled its master plan for the twenty-first century, which fosters the Clark's commitment to providing space for its expanding research and museum programs while maintaining the unique character of its beautiful rural setting.
The materials were held by the Manton Foundation before being donated to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in June 2007.
A Guide to
the Records of Edwin Alfred Grenville Manton 1927-2005, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Records, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts.
In June 2007 the Manton Foundation donated a significant collection of British paintings, oil sketches, watercolors, and other works on paper by J.M.W. Turner, John Constable, and Thomas Gainsborough to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and contributed $50 million to endow the Clark's Research and Academic Program. A substantial number of Manton's office records also formed part of the gift. These materials were separated out so that any records relating to objects which the Foundation had donated to the Clark were removed and rehoused in the Clark Registrar's files; the remaining records make up this series. The materials were acquired in September 2008.
The records in this series were processed in October 2008. Staples and paper clips were removed and the materials were re-housed in acid free folders and boxes.
A number of records relating to objects which form part of the Manton Foundation gift to the Clark were separated and housed with the Registrar’s files.
A number of materials were separated and placed in the Clark Library collection. At the time that these items were accessioned, a note was added to each catalogue entry to indicate that the materials originally formed part of this series.
During the initial process of transferring these materials from the Manton Foundation to the Clark, a number of documents became separated from the main sequence. These items have been placed at the end of this series and are arranged alphabetically by author. The following list gives a brief bibliographical description of each item:
Avnet, Lester Old master drawings from the collection of Mr. & Mrs. Lester Francis Avnet. [Exhibition] circulated by the American Federation of Arts, New York, New York: American Federation of Arts, c1968
Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery Gainsborough and Rowlandson: drawings in Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery/ catalogued by Hugh Belsey and John Riely; edited by Stephen Wildman, Birmingham: Birmingham City Museums and Art Gallery, c1990
Christie's, London British drawings and watercolours. 1997 Apr. 8 [There are brief annotations throughout this item.]
Christie's London Important British and Irish art: the properties of the Goulding Collection, the Marchman Collection and from various sources. 2000 Nov. 30
Christie, Manson & Woods Drawings by John Constable, R.A. 1988 Jul. 12 [There are brief annotations throughout this item.]
Christie, Manson and Woods Fine English pictures. 1959 Nov. 6 [One paper bookmark and four loose black and white plates are enclosed with this item.]
Christie, Manson & Woods The Haldimand collection of English watercolours. 1980 Mar. 18
Christie, Manson and Woods Highly important English drawings & watercolours. 1979 Dec. 13 [Two press clippings and one bookmark are enclosed with this item.]
Christie's South Kensington, Ltd Forthcoming sales February-March 1981 [This item shows considerable shelf-wear and some damage to the front cover.]
Christie's South Kensington, Ltd Forthcoming sales November-December 1982
French, Anne (ed.) with contributions by Aileen Ribeiro and Viola Pemberton-Pigott The Earl and Countess Howe by Gainsborough: a bicentenary exhibition, Ruislip: English Heritage, 1988 [There is one brief annotation to the front page of this item.]
Gainsborough's House From Gainsborough to Constable: the emergence of naturalism in British landscape painting, 1750-1810: [exhibition] Gainsborough's House, Sudbury, 17 August to 13 October 1991; the Leger Galleries, London, 14 November to 4 December 1991, Sudbury, Suffolk: Gainsborough's House Society, 1991
Gainsborough's House Gainsborough's House review. 1998/99, Sudbury, Suffolk: Gainsborough's House Society, 
Kende Galleries at Gimbel Brothers English and French XVIII century furniture. 1949 Apr. 29-30 [There are brief annotations throughout this item.]
Kende Galleries at Gimbel Brothers Renowned painting collection of the late Oscar Bondy. 1949 Mar. 3 [Two newspaper clippings are enclosed with this item and there are brief annotations throughout.]
Leger Galleries British landscape painting: [exhibition] 11 May - 2 June, The Leger Galleries, London: Leger Galleries, 1994
Leger Galleries Exhibition of English watercolours: [exhibition] 11 November - 24 December, 1981, The Leger Galleries, Ltd, London: The Galleries, 1981 [There is an additional copy of this item. A price list is enclosed.]
Leger Galleries English watercolours and drawings: [exhibition] 19 November- 24 December 1986, London: The Galleries, 1986
Maddern, Catherine and Hortop, Sarah Lydford Gorge, Devon:
a souvenir guide, Warrington: National Trust, 2007
Roberts, Priscilla, with an introduction by Jeremyn Davern Priscilla Roberts, magic realist:
a retrospective exhibition, 16 March - 10 April, 1981: a selection of works from public and private collections, N.Y.C. [New York]: Grand Central Art Galleries, 1981
Sotheby's London British paintings 1500-1850. 1996 Nov. 13
Sotheby's London Eighteenth and nineteenth century British drawings and watercolours. 1986 Jul. 10 [There are two brief annotations to this item.]
Sotheby's London Eighteenth and nineteenth century British drawings and watercolours. 1997 Apr. 10 [A bookmark is enclosed with this item.]
Sotheby's London Fine eighteenth and nineteenth century drawings. 1969 Nov. 20 [One press clipping and five bookmarks are enclosed with this item.]
Sotheby Parke Bernet Inc Chinese porcelain, Italian majolica, European porcelain, Gothic & Renaissance sculpture, works of art, Italian Renaissance & French furniture, French 18th century decorations, old master paintings, Oriental carpets and rugs, Gothic & 18th century tapestries and tapestry suites; & old master drawings and paintings. 1971 May 7- 8 [Three press clippings and a bookmark are enclosed with this item.]
Sotheby Parke-Bernet Inc Fine books and manuscripts. 1971 Mar. 13 [A brief handwritten note is enclosed with this item.]
Sotheby Parke Bernet Inc Important old master paintings. 1973 Apr. 4 [There are brief annotations throughout this item.]
Sotheby Parke Bernet Inc Magnificent Queen Anne and Georgian Cabinetwork, Part One. 1960 Apr. 29-30
Sotheby Parke Bernet Inc Old master, Barbizon & other XIX century paintings. 1966 Apr. 7 [A list of plates is enclosed. There are brief annotations throughout this item.]
Spink-Leger Feeling through the eye: The 'New' landscape in Britain 1800-1830 / introductory essay by Timothy Wilcox; catalogue compiled by Sarah Hobrough and Lowell Libson, London: Spink-Leger, 2000
Spink and Son Ltd Annual exhibition of watercolours and drawings: [exhibition] Tuesday 28 May to Friday 21 June 1996, London: Spink, 1996 [A price list is enclosed with this item]
Spink and Son Ltd Octagon, vol XIV, Number 3 Autumn 1977, London: Spink & Son, [1966-1990] [A price list is enclosed with this item]
Spink and Son Ltd Octagon, vol XVIII, Number 1 Spring 1981, London: Spink & Son, [1966-1990] [A price list is enclosed with this item]
Tate Gallery Constable: the art of nature; [catalogue of an exhibition held at] the Tate Gallery, 7 June - 4 July 1971, London: Tate Gallery, 1971
Turner, J. M. W., introduction by Basil Taylor Autumn Exhibition, 1960: J. M. W. Turner, 1775-1951, London: Leggatt Brothers, 1960
Warrell, Ian Turner on the Loire, London: Tate Gallery, 1997