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Astor, William Waldorf, 1st Viscountlocked

(b New York, March 31, 1848; d Hever Castle, Kent, Oct 18, 1919).
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British collector of American birth. He was a member of a wealthy family whose fortune came from fur trading; he became interested in art and antiquity during his appointment as American Minister in Rome (1882–5), rapidly acquiring a fine collection of ancient and Renaissance sculpture. He transferred the collection to England when his term as minister ended, dividing it between his country houses at ...

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