The Frick Collection - An NYC Attraction

The Frick Collection – Step Inside a Gilded Age Mansion

This mansion now houses the former owner’s impressive art collection.


Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851)The Harbor of Dieppe, 1825–26 Oil on canvas68 3/8 x 88 ¾ inches The Frick Collection, New York Photo: Michael Bodycomb

Are you planning a visit to New York City to see Downton Abbey The Exhibition? If so, take the time to step inside a real Gilded Age mansion. The Frick House was completed in 1914 for Henry Clay Frick, a wealthy industrialist, but the house hasn’t been a private residence since the death of Frick’s wife in 1931. Instead of being sold, the home was transformed into an art museum.

The Collection
Frick wasn’t just a businessman; he was also a serious collector of fine art. His collection is now on display in his former home, and new pieces have been added over the years.

The Frick Collection is respected all over the world. It includes paintings by masters like Vermeer, van Dyck, Bellini, Goya, Whistler, and many more. Downton Abbey fans will enjoy seeing gorgeous examples of della Francesca paintings—an artist whose work figured heavily into one of the show’s story lines.

The collection also boasts sculptures, silver, textiles, medal, furniture, and more.

The Frick Collection is respected all over the world. It includes paintings by masters like Vermeer, van Dyck, Bellini, Goya, Whistler, and many more. Downton Abbey fans will enjoy seeing gorgeous examples of della Francesca paintings—an artist whose work figured heavily into one of the show’s story lines.


It's easy to imagine the family spending time and recieving visitors in this beauitful room.The Living Hall
The Frick Collection, New York Photo: Michael Bodycomb

Millionaire’s Row

There was a time when 5th Avenue was lined with huge mansions that were home to New York’s elite families. The first such house was built by the Astor family, and it featured a ballroom that could accommodate 400 guests.

Over the years, many more elaborate mansions went up—each seemingly more grand than the last. Today, most of the Gilded Age mansions, in which servants toiled and the rich dined in splendor, have been replaced by ordinary apartment buildings or other typical structures, but the Frick Collection remains as a chance to step back to a time in history that continues to fascinate so many.

Whether you’re a lover of art or just want to visit a home that would have welcomed the likes of the fictional Crawley family, be sure to add a visit to the popular NYC attraction to your itinerary.

 

The Frick Collection
1 East 70th Street
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Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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