Famous Art Collectors from the United States

List of notable or famous art collectors from the United States, with bios and photos, including the top art collectors born in the United States and even some popular art collectors who immigrated to the United States. If you're trying to find out the names of famous American art collectors then this list is the perfect resource for you. These art collectors are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known art collector from the United States is included when available.

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  • Chester Dale (May 3, 1883 – December 16, 1962) 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 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.
    • Age: Dec. at 79 (1883-1962)
  • Cone sisters
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    The Cone sisters were Claribel Cone (1864–1929) and Etta Cone (1870–1949). Together they gathered one of the finest collections of modern French art in the United States. They were active as collectors, travelers, and bons vivants during the first decades of the 20th Century.
    • Age: Dec. at 65 (1864-1929)
    • Birthplace: Jonesborough, Tennessee
    • Age: Dec. at 79 (1870-1949)
    • Birthplace: Jonesborough, Tennessee
  • Flora Payne Whitney, also known as Flora Whitney Miller (July 27, 1897 – July 18, 1986), was an American artist and socialite, art collector, and patron of the arts.
    • Age: Dec. at 88 (1897-1986)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York
  • Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney
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    Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney was an American sculptor, art patron and collector, and founder in 1931 of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. She was a prominent social figure and hostess, who was born into the wealthy Vanderbilt family and married into the Whitney family.
    • Age: Dec. at 67 (1875-1942)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner
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    Isabella Stewart Gardner (April 14, 1840 – July 17, 1924) was a leading American art collector, philanthropist, and patron of the arts. She founded the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Gardner possessed an energetic intellectual curiosity and a love of travel. She was a friend of noted artists and writers of the day, including John Singer Sargent, James McNeill Whistler, Dennis Miller Bunker, Anders Zorn, Henry James, Okakura Kakuzo and Francis Marion Crawford. Gardner created much fodder for the gossip columns of the day with her reputation for stylish tastes and unconventional behavior. The Boston society pages called her by many names, including "Belle," "Donna Isabella," ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 84 (1840-1924)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York