Detail from The Canal, Amsterdam, 1889, James McNeill Whistler, The Hunterian, University of Glasgow


Frank Lusk Babbott

Nationality: American
Date of birth: 1854
Place of birth: Waterville, NY
Date of death: 1933
Place of death: Brooklyn NY
Category: collector


Frank Lusk Babbott was a businessman and collector and philanthropist. He married Lydia Richardson Pratt, daughter of Lydia Richardson and Charles Pratt, in 1877.


As a young man Babbott studied law; later he became director of the Chelsea Jute Mills, New York, 1883-1901.

Babbott had a strong taste for literature, art and education and held a number of honorary posts, including trusteeships of Brooklyn, New York Board of Education, Vassar College and Brooklyn Academy of Music.

He purchased Rose and Gold: 'Pretty Nellie Brown' y451 from the Fine Art Society in August 1900. He visited Whistler's studio on a trip to London in September 1902.

In 1905, Babbott published Poems of John Donne: selected from his songs, sonnets, elegies, letters, satires and divine poems.


Platt, D. F., and F. N. Price, The collection of Frank Lusk Babbott (1854-1933), New York, 1934; Young, Andrew McLaren, Margaret F. MacDonald, Robin Spencer, and Hamish Miles, The Paintings of James McNeill Whistler, New Haven and London, 1980 .

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