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Chester Dale

Chester Dale (May 3, 1883 – December 16, 1962)[1][2] was an American banker and patron of the arts. Dale earned large sums from working for the New York Stock Exchange, allowing him to collect a group of 19th and 20th-century French paintings. Although he considered establishing a private museum, he donated a part of his collection to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. in 1941. The rest of his collection was bequeathed to the National Gallery upon his death.[3]


Dale was born in 1883, and started his financial career at the age of fifteen, as a [4]

In 1962, the long term loans of major artists who worked in Paris from the mid-19th century through the mid-20th century were left to the gallery at the bequest of Dale. Included in the works that Dale bequeathed to the gallery were works by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Claude Monet, Salvador Dalí, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. [4]


The National Gallery of Art obtained 88 paintings from Dale's personal residence, an apartment in the Plaza Hotel in New York, upon his death. The paintings were added to his 152 items already on loan to the National Gallery of Art. There were 6 new galleries established on the main floor to house the additional acquisitions. The bequest included 240 paintings, 7 sculptures, 22 graphics, over 1200 sales catalogs, and more than 1500 books. Additionally as part of the bequest, there were 3 fellowships established with a $500,000 endowment. Dale's gifts are currently located on the main floor in galleries 86 through 91.[5]


  1. ^ "The National Gallery of Art;; Chester Dale". National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 
  2. ^ "The Chester Dale Bequest". National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. May 6 – August 18, 1965. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 
  3. ^ "Chester Dale".  , page 373; and National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), pages 40-41.
  4. ^ a b "From the Tour: Founding Benefactors of the National Gallery of Art". National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 
  5. ^ "The Chester Dale Bequest". National Gallery of Art. 1965. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 
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