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The George A. Lucas Collection is a Baltimore Treasure.  George Lucas was born in Baltimore in 1824, the son on Fielding Lucas Jr. who is one of the founders of the Maryland Institute College of Art.  At the age of 30 George A. Lucas abandoned a life as a civil worker to settle in Paris, never to return to the United States.  The year was 1857.

George Lucas met, socialized with, and, in turn, collected from such artists in Paris at the time as Mary Cassatt and James Abbott McNeil Whistler, themselves expatriates from the United States.  The relationship between Mary Cassatt and George Lucas was a great example of the artist and patron.  In her inscriptions you can see her gratefulness to Mr. Lucas for buying her work and, in turn, supporting her lifestyle in Paris.
The collection of her work that he created is substantial and iconic, mostly depicting her favorite subject: Mother and Child.  We also see some Parisian women.  Lucas collected many different prints of the same image on different papers with different wipings and colors.
James Abbott McNeil Whistler and George Lucas had an extremely close friendship.  Not only did Lucas collect Whistler’s work, but he also commissioned work by the artist.  Lucas had a studio added to the side of his house for Whistler to inhabit and work in while creating a commissioned portrait.

George Lucas dies in Paris in 1909.  He leaves his gigantic collection in the hands of Henry Walters to give to the Maryland Institute College of Art for learning purposes of the students.  MICA did not have the proper facilities to archive and protect the collection, however, and the collection was loaned to the BMA in 1934.  Rumors say that at MICA the collection could be found in every available storage space and prints were even used to block light from the windows.
In 1996 the BMA was able to purchase the entire collection from MICA, with one exception.  In 1965, MICA sold approximately 300 duplicate prints from the collection to a local collector for $1,550, which averages at $5.15 per print.  Aside from that, the collection remains intact and one of Baltimore’s greatest artistic treasures.  The collection can be visited by appointment with the Prints and Drawings Collection at the BMA.

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Albrecht Durer, Christ Presented to the People, 1498.  Wood engraving.

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Albrecht Durer, Christ Presented to the People, Deluxe Colored, 1498.  Wood engraving with gouache.

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Jaques Callot, The Hanging Tree, 1633

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Jaques Callot, The Town of Lorrain, 1633

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Francisco de Goya, The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters, 1791

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Francisco de Goya, The Disasters of War, With or Without Reason; Lo Mismo

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Hogarth, top portion of a subscription ticket.  Engraving and Mezzotint.  1851.

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Paul Gauarn, Painting. Lithograph, 1839

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Daumier, Ingrate Patrie, tu n auras pas mon oevre! Lithograph, 1841.

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Daumier, The Freedom of the Presses. Lithograph.

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Winslow Homer, Dad’s Coming. Reproduction in wood engraving on newsprint, 1879

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Edmund Duffy, Grappling with the Problem of Inflation. Grease pencil on paper, 1943.

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Edmund Duffy, Yep, Still Pretty Round. Grease pencil with black ink on paper, Dec, 1st, 1943

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Kathe Kolowitz, The Widow. Woodcut, 1932.

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Grasset, Harper’s Christmas. 1891

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Grasset, Study for Harper’s Christmas. 1891.

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Portrait of Steve Roberts, 1972


Self Portrait, 1971, graphite

Cellini


Albrecht Durer, Dutch Woman

Rembrandt Van Rijn, Self Portrait

Holmbreck


Peter Paul Reubens


Anthony Van Dyck


Ingres, Very Early Portrait


Ingres


Fantin Latour


Prudhon


Edgar Degas, Early Portrait


Giacometti


Pablo Picasso, Early Self Portrait


Egon Schiele


Henri Matisse, 1927
Kathe Kolowitz, Self Portrait


Chuck Close


Chuck Close


Jim Dyne, Self Portrait, 1999


Jim Dyne, Self Portrait, 1999


Kenyon Cox, A Corner Window, 1884



Kenyon Cox, Science



Red Grooms, Self Portrait with an Extra Large Paper Hat


Red Grooms, Chignon


Red Grooms, Slushy, 1971


Whistler, Ms. Cumberladge


Whistler, Portrait of Harper Pennington 1880

Francis Brooke Chadwyck, Destiny


Alex Katz, Self Portrait


Alex Katz


Eastman Johnson, Head of a Young Girl


Eastman Johnson, Portrait of a Woman


Eastman Johnson, Portrait of a Young Man


John Singer Sargent

Winslow Homer, Four Boys on a Beach


Winslow Homer, Girl With Hand Rake


Winslow Homer, Civil War Soldier


Winslow Homer, War Soldier


Whistler


Isobel Bishop, Two Girls Reading


Thomas Eakins, Poleman in the Marsh


Jackson Pollock, Self Portrait


Arshile Gorky, Study for Portrait of the Artist and his Mother

George Bellows


George Bellows



American etchings from the 1920’s

van gogh

rembrandt

rembrandt

van dyck




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