The Grand Tour in Venice - Page 48



THE GRAND TOUR IN VENICE
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THE GRAND TOUR IN VENICE
HELEN FRICK
Fig. 22 Photograph
of Helen Frick, New
York, Frick Collection.
Helen Frick (fig. 22) was the daughter of
the great art collector, Henry Clay Frick.
Her father had first visited Europe in 1880
aged thirty-one on a tour with Andrew
Mellon. They visited Paris (where he bought
one of his first paintings) and also Venice.
Unfortunately, his travel diary (fig. 23) is
incomplete, though a photograph of the
young travellers survives (fig. 24).
Fig. 23 Henry
Clay Frick’s 1880
Travel Diary.
a vivid physical sense of the processes of
crossing the Atlantic and touring round
Europe in the Gilded Age (fig. 25).
Helen first visited Venice in 1893, where
a photograph shows her as a teenage girl
reclining in a gondola. In 1912 she returned
to the city for a rather rushed four-day visit
which is recorded in a diary whose entries
are interleaved with post-cards (fig. 26).
But Helen was a prolific diarist and through
her eyes we can follow his and her travels
around Europe, occasionally accompanied
on his excursions by the dealer Roland
Knoedler. Her scrapbooks and diaries give
Fig. 24 Photograph of Henry Clay Frick, Andrew Mellon and
two companions on tour in 1880, New York, Frick Collection.
Fig. 25 Helen Frick on tour in Europe,
New York, Frick Collection.

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