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Vose, Seth Morton

American, 1831 - 1910


Seth Morton Vose was born in Stoughton, MA, on 5 August 1831 to Joseph and Deborah (Churchill) Vose. In the 1850s he joined in his father's business in Providence, shortly thereafter purchasing the Westminster Art Gallery thereby establishing an art gallery business still in operation. Vose is credited with the first major importation of Corot paintings into America (in 1952) and in introducing the art of the Barbizon school to this country's collectors. Seth opened a branch of the business in Boston, where the Vose Galleries is located today. In 1850, Seth Vose married Mary Branch of Providence, with whom he had six children. His sons Nathaniel and Robert Churchill eventually succeeded to the direction of Boston gallery. Two other children survived his death in 1910: Mrs. Wilmont W. Warren and Mrs. Horace C. Thompson.


Boston Evening Transcript, April 4, 1910 (obituary)
Vose, Robert C., Jr. "Boston's Vose Galleries: A Family Affair." Archives of American Art Journal 21, no. 1 (1981): 8-20

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