445 North Park Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789. 407-645-5311
(407) 645-5311, ext. 100
The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art houses the most comprehensive collection of the works of Louis Comfort Tiffany found anywhere, a major collection of American art pottery, and fine collections of late-19th- and early-20th-century American paintings, graphics and the decorative arts. It is located in Winter Park, Florida, USA.
Spring panel from the Four Seasons window, c. 1899–1900. This panel was on display at Louis Comfort Tiffany’s home Laurelton Hall, and is on view at The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art.
The museum was founded by Jeannette Genius McKean in 1942 and named for her grandfather. She had long appreciated Tiffany’s art during times when his reputation had faded from sight. It was originally named as The Morse Gallery of Art and located on the campus of Rollins College. In 1957, the McKeans learned from one of Tiffany’s daughters that his estate, Laurelton Hall, had burned to a ruin. Jeannette McKean decided to rescue the Tiffany treasures, which were ready to be bulldozed with the debris from the fire.
Photo source from http://www.rollins.edu/cornell-fine-arts-museum/about/history.html
Jeannette Genius McKean (1909-1989) was a painter, interior decorator, Louis Comfort Tiffany art glass collector, Morse Museum founder and benefactor of Rollins College.
Her husband Hugh McKean, who had been an art student at Tiffany’s Laurelton Hall estate in 1930, remembered her exact words at the scene of the devastation: “Let’s buy everything that is left and try to save it.” Later Tiffany acquisitions included the parts of his 1893 chapel for the World’s Columbian Exposition.
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