Property from the Estate of Irene Korhumel
In 1950 our parents decided on the country life and bought a beautiful and historic country estate named Whippoorwill Farm in Lake Forest, Illinois. Situated in a bucolic setting west of the town proper, and about thirty miles north of downtown Chicago, it encompassed forty manicured acres of main house, stables, guest cottage, and both pasture and forest land. Included were outlying buildings such as a green house, dog kennels for forty, a half mile black cinder riding circuit, and extensive flower and vegetable gardens. A true gentleman's farm, it was an idyllic setting in which to raise three children. As well as being enjoyed by the family, the riding path was open to neighbors and was used by Adlai Stevenson and his house guests, including Eleanor Roosevelt and other notables.
This move to the Farm marked the beginning of Newton and Irene's long-term art collecting, which was most aggressively pursued in the 1950s and 1960s, but continued until their passing in 2001 and 2010. They became personal friends with the American artist Hovsep Pushman and assembled a sizeable collection of his paintings and prints. Over time, they also acquired a Pierre-Auguste Renoir, a Pablo Picasso, a major collection of Flora Danica porcelain, Dorothy Doughty birds and many works from other collecting categories. During frequent visits to London, for example, they bought marvelous English furniture from some of the most prominent British dealers of the period, such as Mallett and Jeremy.
All of the art was displayed in the main house and served as a warm and wonderful backdrop for our family life, and we enjoyed living with these things over the past sixty years. As these objects go on to a new generation of collector, we hope that the new buyers and their families enjoy them as much as we did.
--Lee A. Korhumel