“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Walters Art Museum

Walters Art Museum Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, August 7, 2008
1. Walters Art Museum Marker
Inscription. William T. Walters (1819-94) made his fortune in the liqour trade and in East Coast railroads. He assembled a splendid collection of 19th cenutry European painting and Asian art. When William died, he bequeathed his collection to his son Henry (1848-1931) who continued investing and managing railroads and carried on the family interest in art. The collection was transformed into one of the finest of all American private collections. In 19341, the City of Baltimore received one of its greatest treasures when Henry gave his collection of 22,000 works of art to his native city "for the benefit of the public." Although significantly expanded since that time, the museum's strength and scope contunue to reflect Williams's and Henry's collecting genius and philanthropic spirit.

Today, the Walters Art Museum is a cultural institution of international renown, one of only a few museums worldwide to present a comprehensive history of art from the third millennium B.C. to the early 20th century. Among its thousands of treasures, the Walters holds the finest collection of ivories, jewelry, enamels and bronzes in America and a spectacular reserve of illuminated manuscripts and rare books. The Egyptian, Green and Roman, Byzantine, Ethiopian and western medieval art collections are among the best in the nation, as are the museum's holdings of
The Walters Art Museum image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, August 7, 2008
2. The Walters Art Museum
Renaissance and Asian art. Almost every trend in French painting during the 19th century is represented by one or more works in the Walters' collection.
Erected 2008 by the City of Baltimore, William Donald Schaefer, mayor, Rededicated 2008, Sheila Dixon, mayor.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland, Baltimore City historical markers marker series.
Location. 39° 17.787′ N, 76° 36.952′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is at the intersection of Washington Place and West Centre Street, on the left when traveling north on Washington Place. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21201, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Freedom & Equality for All (within shouting distance of this marker); Memorial To Edward Berge (within shouting distance of this marker); Hackerman House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); To George Washington (about 300 feet away); Lafayette Monument (about 300 feet away); Murnaghan House (about 300 feet away); The Peabody Library (about 300 feet away); The Peabody Conservatory (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
Categories. Arts, Letters, Music
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 14, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 726 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 14, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.
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