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Getty, J(ean) Paullocked

(b Minneapolis, MN, Dec 15, 1892; d Sutton Place, nr Guildford, Surrey, June 6, 1976).
  • Stephen F. Thorpe

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American businessman, collector, and patron. Born into a wealthy family, he followed his father into the oil business. This was his chief occupation and made him one of the richest individuals in the world. In 1912 he visited East Asia, where he purchased some pieces of carved ivory, bronzes, and lacquer. However, Getty did not begin to collect actively until the 1930s: the Depression dictated relatively low prices, and this presented an opportunity to acquire a small art collection, for investment. In ...

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