Watson Family Gifts

Connoisseurs Around the Corner: Gifts of Art from MAG’s Founding Family

September 6–January 19, 2014 in the Lockhart Gallery


Three generations of MAG’s founding family, the Watsons, have enriched the Gallery’s collections with art, ancient to modern.

From Emily and James Sibley Watson came the most diverse group of objects, reflecting the encyclopedic nature of their tastes. Their son and his wife, James Sibley Watson, Jr. and Hildegarde Lasell Watson, built a collection of contemporary works by artists including E.E. Cummings, Gaston Lachaise, and William Gropper—all of whom were featured in the avant-garde magazine, The Dial, in the 1920s. More recently, Michael Watson and his wife, Nicoleta, shepherded the family collection and gave a number of important pieces to MAG.

Don’t miss this exhibition that pays tribute to a remarkable family legacy.

Preview the exhibition

What’s Up talk

Sunday, September 22 @ 2 pm: Chief curator Marjorie B. Searl speaks on the Watson family legacy. Learn more

Pictured: E.E. Cummings, James Sibley Watson Jr.