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A detailed history of the Boston Athenæum’s historic role in the founding of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston The Boston Athenæum played a vital role in founding the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, a fact that is not widely known. This book details this important relationship, from its inception through the museum’s early years when the Athenæum’s continued support ensured the young institution’s survival. This historic partnership was remarkable in its intensity, intimacy, and informality, yet its details have never been fully documented. Based on extensive new research, With Éclat chronicles the joint endeavor in greater detail than ever before and places it in the context of Boston’s changing cultural landscape. This extraordinary story will appeal to those who know these wonderful institutions or are interested in the history of American museums.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 4-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 5-7
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 7-8
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 11-15
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  1. 1. The Fine Arts at the Boston Athenæum, 1807–1870
  2. pp. 17-49
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  1. 2. Toward 1870: The Perkins Brothers, the Athenæum Gallery, and Changing Taste in Boston
  2. pp. 51-76
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  1. 3. The Founding Vision for the Museum, 1870
  2. pp. 77-95
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  1. 4. The Athenæum and the Museum, 1870–1876
  2. pp. 97-135
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  1. 5. After 1876: Changing Directions
  2. pp. 137-158
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 159-162
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  1. Appendix: The Incorporators of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1870
  2. pp. 163-174
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 175-210
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 211-226
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 227-235
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