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THE PROPERTY OF THE LATE JOSEPH McCRINDLE SOLD BY ORDER OF THE EXECUTORS (LOTS 215-218)
Joe McCrindle's life was dedicated to publishing, travel and collecting. In many ways his interests were interconnected, and the items offered for sale by his executors reflect this. Born in New York, Joe first travelled to Europe as an infant, and he was always someone who seemed to be planning his next trip, until his extended illness prevented travel. Collecting antiquarian books as a child, he soon moved on to original illustrations by artists such as Cruikshank and Rowlandson. His great-grandfather, the American artist Henry Mosler, had formed a distinguished collection of old masters paintings and drawings, as had Joe's grandmother, Edith Feder. Joe moved into the same field, acquiring paintings and drawings in the US, London, Rome (where he kept a home for a period in the 1960s) and on his European travels. Other interests developed later, including nineteenth century drawings and modern British painting.
As a publisher Joe will be best remembered as the editor (and major funder) of The Transatlantic Review, in which he promoted the best of short story writing, poetry and reviews from Europe and America. Writers featured included Muriel Spark, Harold Pinter and Phillip Roth. As a collector Joe was remarkably generous, with donations of major paintings to be found in many public collections, most notably the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, the Princeton University Art Museum and the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven. The majority of his UK estate will benefit the work of The Friends of Friendless Churches.