Major Gift Adds to Hyde Collection
The Hyde Collection is pleased to announce the gift of an extensive collection of 19th-century French etchings, lithographs, engravings, woodcuts and books. Donated by Tobin Sparling, in memory of his parents Leon and Marie Buttlar Sparling, the gift includes works by Pierre Bonnard, Félix Bracquemond, Jules Chéret, Eugene Delacroix, Maurice Denis, Henri Evenepoel, Jean-Louis Forain, Théodore Géricault, Henri-Gabriel Ibels, Alphonse Mucha, Paul Serusier, Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Félix Vallotton, among others.
“We are so very appreciative of this significant gift to the Museum,” says Hyde director Charles Guerin. “As a child, Tobin remembers coming to The Hyde with his parents on a regular basis. They instilled in him the love of art which makes this generous gift even more meaningful for us.”
This donation is the second major gift made by Sparling. In 2008, he donated 30 old master prints surveying the major printmaking styles and techniques in northern and southern Europe from the 15th to the 18th centuries. The prints were featured in the exhibition ‘Old Master Prints from the Sparling Family Collection’ in 2009. In 2012, Sparling lent 23 19th-century prints to the exhibition ‘Toulouse-Lautrec and Company: Prints from the Belle Époque.’ A majority of these works are included in this gift.
“It is a pleasure to donate to The Hyde, which not only evokes wonderful childhood memories, but also goes from strength to strength and gets better and better,” states Sparling. “I hope this gift will encourage others to support what I believe is one of the crown jewels of upstate New York.” Originally from south Glens Falls, N.Y., Sparling currently lives in Houston, Tex., where he is a professor of law at South Texas College of Law. A graduate of South Glens Falls Senior High School, Dartmouth College and Columbia University, Sparling also holds graduate degrees in library science and art history. Before obtaining his law degree, he worked in the rare books departments of the Yale Center for British Art and at the print collection of the New York Public Library, where his interest in French prints developed.
The Hyde Collection is an art museum complex and historic house consisting of a distinguished collection of works by American and European artists such as Botticelli, Rubens, Rembrandt, Picasso, Homer and Eakins, as well as important decorative arts and antique furnishings. The collection continues to grow through gift and purchase, and today it numbers around 3,300 works with an emphasis on the art of the twentieth century. The Museum is located at 161 Warren Street in Glens Falls, N.Y. Visit hydecollection.org or call 518-792-1761 for further information.