New England Museums

New England Museums

New England Museums

New England Museums

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The present volume took shape six years ago in discussions with Mr. Paul Coremans, director of the Centre national de recherches "Primitifs flamands", and the undersigned, at that time curator of paintings in the Fogg Art Museum of Harvard University. Mr. Coremans and his associates welcomed immediately the proposal that instead of devoting a fascicule of the Corpus to one or two museums in Boston and Cambridge, in accordance with the general design of the publication, all the New England museums possessing works within its scope be joined in one larger volume. This arrangement seemed justified not only by practical considerations and the proximity of the institutions but also by a certain sense of identity in these museums and a community of outlook, occasionally resulting in collaborative endeavors of one sort or another.

The directors or curators of the museums concerned agreed to concerted action to facilitate the production of this volume. W. G. Constable represented the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Miss Louisa Dresser the Worcester Art Museum, and the undersigned the Fogg Museum. They were later joined by Charles C. Cunningham of the Hartford Atheneum, Peter Guille of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and Andrew C. Ritchie of the Yale University Art Gallery. We considered ourselves very fortunate to secure quickly the commitment of Mr. Colin Eisler to the editorship. We have done what we could to promote his work; the text now printed is his.

We are pleased that the directors and trustees of the several museums agreed that it was a privilege to participate in this enterprise, and we are thankful to them for contributing the services of their respective staffs, especially their photographers, to meet the special requirements of the Corpus.

Millard Meiss . . .

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