Major Gift to the Clark

The Sterling and Francine Clark Institute in Williamston, Massachusetts, today announced a major gift whose estimated worth is between $80 and $90 million. The Manton Foundation, whose founder, Sir Edwin Manton, made his fortune at American International Group (AIG) Insurance, has bequeathed a collection of oil sketches, watercolors, and other works on paper by J.M.W. Turner, John Constable, and Thomas Gainsborough, as well as a gift of $50 million to endow the Clark’s highly respected Research and Academic Program on grounds shared by the renowned Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.

The Manton gift includes 3 paintings and 17 watercolors by Turner; 6 paintings, 17 oil studies, 8 watercolors, and 19 drawings by Constable, and 3 oil paintings and 15 drawings by Gainsborough, whom, I confess, I underestimated until I saw several of his splendid landscape drawings on display in “Four Centuries of European Master Drawings” at the Morgan Library and several more that were part of the permanent collection at the Yale Center for British Art last year.
Maureen Bloomfield

You may also like these articles: