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Welcome and Opening Remarks, Colin B. Bailey and John Marciari at The Morgan Library

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– Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. I’m Colin Bailey, the
director of the Morgan Library and it’s a great pleasure to
welcome you here this afternoon for the beginning of a
two-institution and two-day symposium on the history
of collecting drawings. At the Morgan, you are
at the annual symposium of the Drawing Institute,
now in its fifth year. And as you all know,
the Drawings Institute is supported by a most
generous grant from Gene Thaw and it’s a pleasure to acknowledge Gene at the opening of this
symposium and in this hall. The theme of this year’s
symposium was inspired by our current Drawings Exhibition, Pierre-Jean Mariette and the
Art of Collecting Drawings. This is the first exhibition
in America to look closely as Mariette… At Mariette as a
connoisseur and a collector, and it’s a riveting exhibition,
many of you have seen it, you have opportunity to see it again today at the end of this, of the
first part of our symposium. The exhibition has been
organized by Giada Damen, the Morgan’s Moore Curatorial Fellow. And she has been instrumental
also in organizing the program today with our curators, John Marciari and Jennifer Tonkovich. The Mariette Exhibition inspired
us to take a broader look at the history of drawing collectors and drawing’s collections. And it is a great pleasure for the Morgan to be collaborating for the first time with the Center for the
History of Collecting at the Frick Collection,
which was founded in 2007. We share many things,
the Frick and the Morgan, collections, patrons, founders, and happily now, a scholarly symposium. I thank Ian Wardropper,
Director of the Frick, most warmly as I do Inga
Reist, Esmee Quodbach, and Samantha Deutch at the
Center for History of Collecting for making this such an
enjoyable and productive joint venture. The topic of our symposium
is one that became of interest to me as a curator
and a historian of French art when I wrote on the Early
Appreciation and Marketing of Watteau’s Drawings for the exhibition Watteau and His World,
organized by the Frick that traveled to the National
Gallery of Canada in 1999. A starting for me was Jean de Jullienne’s two-volume set of 351 engravings
after Watteau’s drawings, the Figures de differents caracteres, published between 1726 and ’28, less than a decade after Watteau’s death. This led me to think about the culture of collecting drawings and
the various types of drawings collected in late 17th
and 18th century France. The manner, or manners,
of presenting them, displaying them, reproducing them, indeed, even marketing them. In the 1737 Salon, we note the phenomenon of drawings by living artists. The engraver Cochin,
the sculptor Bouchardon, living artists being
exhibited alongside paintings and sculptures for the first time. John Marciari, Charles
W. Engelhard Curator and Head of the Department
of Drawings and Prints of the Drawings Institute at The Morgan and Head of the Drawing Institute, will outline the program,
introduce the speakers for this afternoon’s sessions. Before I yield the podium to him, let me say on behalf of
all of the organizers how pleased we are to have Hugo Chapman, Simon Sainsbury Keeper
of Prints and Drawings of the British Museum
as our keynote speaker. He will be followed by a roster
of international scholars presenting new research
on this very fertile and interesting field. When the Morgan Drawing
Institute was founded in 2011, one of its aims was to
promote new research on all aspects of drawings. Symposia are one facet
of our full programs. I encourage you to visit
the Institute’s website to see the full range of the activities of this fledgling and exciting institute. I hope you will return to the auditorium on the 25th of May when the
Institute’s Senior Fellow, Bill Barcham, presents the annual lecture on Gianbattista Tiepolo’s drawings. Bill is, as you know, an
acknowledged specialist. His life subject, and he has been with us for the last three
months working with John, Jennifer, Ilona, and I gather
having a very good time. Anyway, I pass the podium to John. (audience applause) – I’d like to begin by
echoing Colin’s welcome and thanks to our
co-organizers at The Frick, to our speakers, and above
all, to you, our audience. I don’t know that we’ve ever
had quite so large a crowd for drawings lectures before. This afternoon, we will
have Hugo’s keynote address and then three talks
designed to give you a sample of the different types of collectors. Aristocrats, artists,
scholars, and the like. In different ages of collecting. We will end the talk on Mariette and we hope that you will then have time to visit the exhibition,
which will remain open after the talks and after question time. In the interest of leaving
time for our speakers, though, I’m going to keep my
introductions relatively brief.

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