Dispatch from London: “Destruction seems contrary to the spirit” of the Frick’s founder

Lady Tania Compton letterhead

Mayor de Blasio
City Hall
New York
NY 10007

January 23rd 2015

Dear Mayor de Blasio,

The Russell Page Garden at the Frick Collection

I would like to register my agreement with the sentiments expressed by Christopher Woodward, Director of the Garden Museum in London, in his letter to you dated November 12th 2014.

The significance of the life and work of the twentieth century landscape designer Russell Page gains deeper recognition with each year. The trustees of the Frick would be ill advised to overlook the importance of the garden, the only work of Russell Page to have been executed in New York City.

An institution such as the Frick is a crucible for the art and artists whose work it harbours, a refuge from the vagaries of fashion as artistic reputations ebb and flow, keeping work safe from commercial expediency. The value of the garden is on a par with the irreplaceable objects within the walls of the collection and its destruction seems contrary to the spirit in which Henry Clay Frick intended art to be valued.

Yours sincerely,

Tania Compton Signature



Lady Tania Compton

Garden Designer and writer
Trustee, The Garden Museum

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