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Cornelius Ver Heyden de Lancey collection of French letters and documents by painters, sculptors, architects, and printmakers, 1691-1825, undated

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Ver Heyden de Lancey (Cornelius) collection of French letters and documents by painters, sculptors, architects, and printmakers

Biographical / Historical

Dutch-born British baron Cornelius Ver Heyden de Lancey (1889-1984) was a medical doctor, dentist, and barrister, as well as an art historian and collector of French historical books, letters, and manuscripts. De Lancey studied medicine and dentistry at the University of Leiden, earned his dental degree in the United States, and practiced dentistry in London and Italy, where he developed his research interests in art history and the arts. In 1970, De Lancey and his wife, Josephine de la Hanty, founded the De Lancey and De La Hanty Foundation, an organization dedicated to the study of medical law that also sponsors arts initiatives in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and France. De Lancey died on Jersey in the Channel Islands in 1984.

Sources consulted:

"About the Baron Ver Heyden de Lancey: 1889-1984," the website for the De Lancey Foundation, accessed July 23, 2018, http://www.delanceyfoundation.co.uk/#the-person.

David Brafman, Acquisition Approval Form for "Collection of French letters and documents by painters, sculptors, architects, and printmakers, accession no. 2017.M.62," March 10, 2017.




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