The Art Collection of Edward L. Carey
by Ann Neilson
In a previous post, I presented my research and discussed the relatively unknown life of Edward L. Carey, 19th-century Philadelphian publisher and co-partner of Carey & Hart. However, after writing up the post, I became enchanted with the artistic facet of Carey’s life—his patronage of the arts. Furthermore, I took to tracking down the artwork of Carey, as I wanted to see and experience the beauty that surrounded Carey daily—the art that brought him peace of mind and comforted his woes when ill and without company.
Although there is evidence of a book that was published in 1983 entitled The Art Collection of Edward L. Carey (1806-1845): Philadelphia Publisher and Patron, by Carolyn Sue Himelick Nutty (perhaps this was her thesis?), I am unable to obtain a copy, nor is there a version online to peek at; however, I was able to find a few or so links to the artwork that Carey owned, intended to own, or simply commissioned. I will only provide links for these works of art as I’d rather not run into copyright infringements.
The Landing of Thorfinn Karlsefni and His Companions in “Vinland” by Emanuel Leutze (source)
It’s safe to say the man had great artistic taste, at least in my humble opinion!