Taylor, Francis Henry

Taylor, Francis Henry

Taylor, Francis Henry, 1903-57, American museum director, b. Philadelphia, studied throughout Europe. He began his museum career as assistant curator (1927-28) and then curator of medieval art (1928-31) of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. As director of the Worcester (Mass.) Art Museum (1931-40; 1955-57) he did much to stimulate public interest in the museum. As director of the Metropolitan Museum (1940-55) he developed his theory of the museum as an institution of active public service, not simply a repository of art. His writings include Babel's Tower (1945); The Taste of Angels (1948), a history of art collecting; Fifty Centuries of Art (1954); and Pierpont Morgan as Collector and Patron (1957).
Francis Henry Taylor (1903–57) was a distinguished American museum director and curator, heading the Metropolitan Museum of Art for fifteen years.

He was born in Philadelphia, and started his career as a curator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In 1931 he became director of the Worcester Art Museum Massachusetts, before joining the Metropolitan Museum in New York City as its director in 1940.

Sometimes described as a showman, he developed a theory of the museum as an institution of active public service, not simply a repository of art. He was credited with doubling the number of people visiting the museum, up to 2.3 million a year.

Books

His writings include:

  • Babel's Tower: The Dilemma of the Modern Museum (1945)
  • The Taste of Angels: A History of Art Collecting from Rameses to Napoleon (1948, reprint 1955) - ASIN B0007HX8Y6
  • Fifty Centuries of Art (1954)
  • Pierpont Morgan as Collector and Patron, 1837-1913 (1957), Pierpont Morgan Library - ASIN B0007DVP6I

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