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Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation


The Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation is a private foundation established in 1964. It was formed as a result of Mrs. Blaffer's desire to share the beauty of great works of art with people in communities far from major art museums. She believed that this would enrich their lives, as it had enriched her own. The foundation trustees decided to establish five major collections: Italian paintings dating from the fourteenth to the eighteenth century, English and French paintings from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century, Netherlandish paintings from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, a Spanish collection, and a British collection. These collections have been exhibited widely throughout Texas and out of state, and a number of the paintings have been exhibited in important museums throughout the world. While the collections were being formed, some 100 Hogarth engravings and two series of Goya etchings, "The Disasters of War" and "Los Caprichos," were acquired and are also continually on exhibit. In 1994 the foundation office was located in Houston and Charles W. Hall was president.


  • Visual Arts
  • Organizations

Time Periods:

  • Texas Post World War II


  • Houston

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