History of the Nickerson Mansion: 1912

Bulletin of the Art Institute of Chicago, July 1912, Vol. 6, No. 1, page 3

Mrs. Samuel M. Nickerson

By the death of Mrs. Nickerson in New York, March 15, the Art Institute lost one of its best friends. The portrait here reproduced was painted by Madrazo in 1901. The Nickerson Collection in the Art Institute, made up of jades, lacquers, porcelains, bronzes and other oriental art objects, and of modern paintings, occupying galleries 41, 42 and 44, was the gradual accumulation of Mr. and Mrs. Nickerson through years of travel and discriminating selection. It was formerly installed in their Chicago home, but when they moved to New York, in 1900, they dedicated the collection to public use in Chicago by presenting it to the Art Institute. Although the gift was unconditioned, Mrs. Nickerson’s interest did not cease, and she has from time to time re-visited Chicago and personally supervised the cleaning and rearrangement of the collection. Her presence was always most welcome.

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