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5Betweentheyears1916and1965PhilippiWestVirginianativesArthurSpencerDayton1887-1948andRuthWoodsDayton1894-1978carefullyselectedasuperbcollectionofAmericanandEuropeanpaintingsprintssculptureanddecorativeartsthatspeaktotheirpersonalphilosophyofbeautyinart.DuringtheiryearsinCharleston1923-1948thecouplebeganseriouslybuildingtheircollection.Theyboughtwhattheylikedandwhattheycouldafford.TheypurchasedworksfromartgalleriesandovertheyearsbuiltaspecialrelationshipwithMacBethGalleryinNewYorkCity.TheyalsoboughtdirectlyfromauctionsfromprestigiousexhibitionssuchastheCarnegieInternationalandpurchasedworksdirectlyfromthestudiosofartistswhomtheyadmiredbothintheUnitedStatesandabroad.TheDaytonskeptadetailedandvaluablerecordofwhereandwhenobjectswereacquired.Theywerewellreadonthehistoryofartespecially19thand20thcenturyAmericanartistssharingapenchantforlandscapes.ThestrengthoftheircollectionliesinacademicallytrainedartistsworkinginthevariousschoolsofrealismandAmericanimpressionismincludingmasterworksbyChildeHassamJ.AldenWeirEmilCarlsenJohnTwachtmanWillardMetcalfFrankBensonCharlesDavisandworksbyTheEight.TheidealsandworksbyearlyAmericanmodernistswereoflittleinterest.In1929RuthpurchasedfromMacBethGalleryanetchingtitledCalvaryChurchinSnowbyChildeHassamandgaveittoArthurasaChristmasgift.ThusbeganacollectionofengravingsetchingsandlithographsbyaliteralwhoswhoofAmericanandEuropeanprintmakers.TheDaytonsalsohadapenchantforsmallbronzesespeciallybywomenartistsworkinginthelate19thandearly20thcenturiesincludingGraceHelenTalbotHarrietFrishmuthAnnaHyattHuntingtonandEdithParsons.AsmallcollectionofLacyperiodglasswasalsopartofthecollection.ArthurDaytondiedsuddenlyattheageofsixty-oneinMay1948.WiththegoalofsharingthecollectionwiththepublicRuthDaytonturnedabuildingonthepropertyadjacenttotheirhomeinLewisburgWestVirginiaintoamuseum.ShecalleditTheDaywoodGallerycombiningArthurssurnameDaytonandhermaidennameWoods.Thecollectioncontinuedtogrowthroughpurchasesanddonations.TheDaywoodGalleryremainedinoperationfrom1951into1966.ThefollowingyearTheDaywoodCollectionwasdonatedtotheHuntingtonMuseumofArt.TheDaywoodCollectionispresentedbyHIMGandgenerouslysponsoredbyCarolynBagbyInMemoryofPatriciaParkerAgeeCarolandBrianBaileyInMemoryofHowardandBettyanneHerbitterAdamBoothInMemoryofJeanneEllenKaplanBennieBreeceInMemoryofWilliamCampbellandPatriciaParkerAgeeGayleCoxInMemoryofJoeCoxGlenDanaheyInHonorofGlenDanaheyPNCInstitutionalInvestmentsHalcyonandJasonMosesInMemoryofGarththegreatestartistweveeverknownKatherinePeytonForbesInMemoryofPatriciaParkerAgeeSammeL.GeeInMemoryofMaymieHannaGeeNancyE.HoeyInMemoryofCharlotteandAlbertBoosMr.andMrs.SeldenMcNeerJr.InMemoryofRobertaShinnEmersonTessMooreInMemoryofJohnP.ChildersJr.RonaldR.MorganInMemoryofSee-MoreEnglishBullTerrier4252005-1192010BillandMarilynMurdockStacieandJeffRakesInHonorofoursonsZacheryandIsaacRakesMelissaRoweInMemoryofEverettT.CalawayBobandKarenSchwarzinHonorofBobs70thBirthdayJackSteinbergInMemoryofEddaSteinbergTheIsabelleGwynnandRobertDaineExhibitionEndowmentWestVirginiaDivisionofCultureandHistoryandtheNationalEndowmentfortheArtswithapprovalfromtheWestVirginiaCommissionontheArts.JosephPennellAmerican1860-1926TheWoolworthThroughtheArch1921.Etching.GiftofRuthWoodsDayton1967.1.204TheDaywoodCollectionHIMGPresentsDaywoodGalleryMarch152014-November22014