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Thursday, Oct 23, 2008

Family donates Old Master prints to Hyde in parents' memory

The family of Leon H. and Marie Buttlar Sparling has donated nearly thirty old master prints in memory of the couple. Leon Sparling, who died in 2007, taught English at South Glens Falls Senior High School for more than thirty years. His wife, Marie, who died earlier this year, served for many years as Director of Adult Education Programs for the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex County BOCES.

“Our family always considered the Hyde Collection our home museum,” stated the Sparlings’ son, Tobin, of Houston, Texas, who arranged the donation. “It remained important to my parents throughout their lives. One of my father’s last outings was to The Hyde and my mother quizzed me right up to the very end about the exhibitions I saw at The Hyde during my visits with her,” he said.

The collection surveys the major printmaking styles and techniques from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries in both southern and northern Europe. Included are prints by some of the most influential artists working in this period such as Marcantonio Raimondi, Albrecht Altdorfer, Hendrik Goltzius, Jacques Callot, François Boucher, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, and Francisco Goya.

“This collection of prints was conceived from its inception as a potential donation to The Hyde Collection. The goal was to create a survey of printmaking styles and techniques from the fifteenth through the eighteenth centuries,” said Tobin Sparling. “Our family is thrilled that our dream of presenting the collection to The Hyde has been realized. We hope this gift serves not only as a memorial to our parents, but also inspires others to contribute to The Hyde Collection, which is truly one of the jewels of the Glens Falls region.”

David F. Setford, The Hyde’s executive director, noted the significance of this donation to the Museum’s permanent collection. “This is tremendously exciting. Not only do these prints extend our coverage of the Old Masters, one of Louis and Charlotte Hyde’s favorite collecting areas, but they also greatly increase the strength of our collection of works on paper. Another wonderful thing about this gift is that it highlights how important The Hyde is to area residents – and how they remember its importance in their lives even if they move away from the region.“

The Hyde Collection plans to organize an exhibition featuring the prints this winter.


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