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The Tortured Life of Scofield Thayer$
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James Dempsey

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049267

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049267.001.0001

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An Intellectual Sewer

An Intellectual Sewer

(p.1) 1 An Intellectual Sewer
The Tortured Life of Scofield Thayer

James Dempsey

University Press of Florida

Chapter 1 introduces us to Scofield Thayer in the following anecdote. In 1924, a nationally know portrait artist visited Worcester, Massachusetts, to paint the portrait of a college president. Interviewed by the local newspaper, he called Thayer's The Dial “an intellectual sewer,” not realizing that Worcester is Thayer's hometown. Thayer responded in a Dial article that describes the very different views of art that existed between the traditionalists and the avant-garde of the time. Soon after this response, Thayer drew up his will, leaving his art collection the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City rather than his hometown's Worcester Art Museum, where his large collection ended up on loan. At Thayer's death, the Worcester museum would be dealt a huge blow when the heart of its collection was moved to New York.

Keywords:   The Dial, intellectual sewer, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Worcester Art Museum

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