The Easel

J.P. Morgan: The Man Who Bought the World

Art collecting was one of John Pierpont Morgan’s great passions and he did it on a vast scale, “travelling in a cloud of experts, dealers, and antiquarians”. That his will failed to spell out who should get what seems significant – “almost a recognition that art objects are objects caught for a little while in a cabinet of curiosities or a drawing room or a picture gallery, before they move again”.