Stanford White may best be known for his murder by Pittsburgh businessman William Thaw, but he was also an antiques collector, and we might also note, an architect. I imagine White himself might like to be best known as an architect, so I’ll note his achievement in the Washington Square Arch, which I mentioned previously in my post about John Sloan.
The notion of Stanford White, the antiques collector, came in a book I’m reading called Conquering Gotham. The book refers to him as a “frenetic collector of beautiful things.” So much so that White, having an affiction many collectors of art and antiques share, overspent, and went into debt. More, owning up to his faults, White moved a large number of French antiques to a warehouse where they would be auctioned. If your suspecting this story may also be a tragedy, you’ve got good sense. The warehouse burned and all but the bronzes was lost.