Cornelia Bentley Sage Quinton

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Cornelia Bentley Sage Quinton (born October 3, 1876 or 1880 in Buffalo (New York) , † May 16, 1936 in Hollywood or Santa Barbara (California) ) was an American painter and museum director.

Cornelia Bentley Sage came from Buffalo (New York) . There she completed her training at the forerunner of the Albright Art School, the Art Student's League of Buffalo. At times she also studied in Paris at the École du Louvre . Her teachers included Robert Reid and John Twachtman .

She exhibited her works at the New York Water Color Society and in 1916 at the Société des Beaux Arts in Paris.

In 1905 she took up a position as assistant to the director at the time, Charles M. Kurtz, at the Albright Art Gallery. Kurtz died in 1909. Cornelia Sage Quinton was provisional director of the gallery until October 15, 1910, when the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy made her its director. This made Cornelia Sage Quinton the first woman to hold the post of director of an important art museum in the USA. In 1916 she also became treasurer of the Association of Art Museum Directors. From 1911 to 1913, Julian Park was her private secretary.

She maintained extensive correspondence, including with her old teacher Robert Reid, with Robert Henri , Childe Hassam , numerous art dealers and museum directors, and also with private collectors such as John D. Rockefeller, Jr. , John Quinn and Charles Freer , with whom she was close friends was.

Cornelia Bentley Sage organized important exhibitions, such as an exhibition on the Photo Secession in 1910 , which was particularly under the patronage of Alfred Stieglitz and is sometimes referred to as the first photo exhibition in the United States, and in 1916 an exhibition of contemporary American sculptures, some of which were in Delaware Park had to be set up. She was also interested in French artists, which was reflected in an exhibition on the Société des Peintres et des Sculpteurs in 1912, a Bourdelle exhibition in 1913, and an exhibition on the members of the Monvel family . During the First World War , as President of the Buffalo Society of Artists, she was able to actively support artists in France, for which she received the Cross of the Legion of Honor in 1920 and before that numerous other French awards, including the Academic Palms.

On October 17, 1917, Cornelia Bentley Sage married William Warren Quinton. In June 1924, she became the first director of the California Palace of the Legion of Honor after moving to California with her husband. She held this post until 1930.

In addition to her work as a painter and museum director, she also worked as an art critic.


  • The Buffalo Fine Arts Academy Albright Art Gallery. Catalog of the permanent collections of sculpture and original paintings at present on exhibition: including some loans , Buffalo 1913, online
  • Cornelia Bentley Sage Quinton and William Warren Quinton, Catalog of the Southwest exhibition by California Palace of the Legion of Honor , San Francisco 1928

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