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To Fund Refugee Aid, Christie’s Will Sell Private Collection of Hudson River School Paintings

Frederic Edwin Church, On Otter Creek, 1850, oil on canvas.


At its American art auction in New York on November 20, Christie’s will sell a collection of 13 Hudson River School paintings, with all proceeds going to organizations engaged in the global refugee crisis, including UNICEF, RefugePoint, and the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights. The works are expected to sell for more than $2 million.

The collection was put together by Barrie Landry and her late husband, Kevin, a trustee of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston who for decades ran the private equity firm TA Associates. A few of the top-estimated lots from the collection are Frederic Edwin Church’s On Otter Creek (1850), which is expected to make between $400,000 and $600,000, and Asher Brown Durand’s Haymaking (1854), which is pegged at $250,000 to $350,000. Also hitting the block are works by George Henry Durrie, Sanford Robinson Gifford, John Kensett, and others.

Barrie Landry, who is on the boards of UNICEF USA, RefugePoint, and St. Boniface Haiti Foundation, said in a release, “Our country was founded on the principle of E pluribus Unum, out of many one. Our country’s diversity and welcoming of others has made us strong and will continue to make America strong.”

William Haydock, the head of American art at Christie’s, said in a statement to ARTnews, “The vision of the collection was grounded in the American landscape and the collection they assembled is perhaps the best and most cohesive to come to market in the last 10 to 15 years.”

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