Building the Frick Collection

An Introduction to the House and Its Collections

Colin Bailey

    ISBN: 978 1 85759 381 5

    Size: 250 x 210 mm / 8.25 x 9.75 in.

    Binding: hardcover

    Pages: 128

    In association with:

    Date published: October, 2006

    UK £14.95 /US $24.95


  • The first in-depth study of the home of Henry Frick
  • Lavishly illustrated with 100 images


Although there have been many books devoted to Henry Clay Frick and The Frick Collection, none as yet has sought to document the building at 1 East 70th Street and to explore how the creation of this residence influenced the taste of the collector in the final years of his life. Using recently acquired and hitherto unpublished archival material, Colin B. Bailey carefully documents the history of the house and its owner and reveals for the first time Frick’s passionate involvement in the project. By drawing upon recent studies of domestic architecture and interior decoration during the Gilded Age, Bailey sets Frick’s achievement in context. Elegantly written and lavishly illustrated, Building The Frick Collection is intended for a general readership while also making an important contribution to the history of collecting in twentieth-century New York.

Other books published by Scala for the Frick include: The Frick Collection: A TourThe Frick Collection: A Handbook of Paintings and The Spanish Manner

Author information

Colin Bailey is Deputy Director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator of the Frick Collection.