Isabella Stewart Gardner

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Isabella Stewart Gardner

Birthplace: New York, NY, USA
Death: Died
Place of Burial: Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of David Stewart and Adelia Stewart
Wife of John Lowell Gardner, II
Mother of John Lowell Gardner, III

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About Isabella Stewart Gardner

Founder of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston – was an American art collector, philanthropist, and one of the foremost female patrons of the arts.

Isabella Stewart Gardner had a zest for life, an energetic intellectual curiosity and a love of travel. She was a friend of noted artists and writers of the day, including John Singer Sargent, James McNeill Whistler, Anders Zorn, Henry James, Okakura Kakuzo and Francis Marion Crawford.

The Boston society pages called her by many names, including "Belle," "Donna Isabella," "Isabella of Boston," and "Mrs. Jack." Gardner created much fodder for the gossip tabloids of the day with her reputation for stylish tastes and unconventional behavior. Her surprising appearance at a 1912 concert (at what was then a very formal Boston Symphony Orchestra) wearing a white headband emblazoned with "Oh, you Red Sox" was reported at the time to have "almost caused a panic", and remains still in Boston one of the most talked about of her eccentricities.

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Isabella Stewart Gardner's Timeline

April 14, 1840
New York, NY, USA
June 18, 1863
Age 23
July 17, 1924
Age 84
Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States