Art: Time to Retire

As director of New York's Metropolitan Museum, Francis Henry Taylor seemed to have the most prized job in the world of art collecting. In a single year, he dispensed almost $3,000,000 in operational funds, had as much as $1,000,000 to spend for new acquisitions, and earned more than any other museum director in the land. During his 15 years at the Met, he doubled the museum's endowment (more than $62 million in 1954), doubled the annual attendance (a record 2,602,086 through Dec. 5) and almost tripled the membership (12,263). Taylor was a phenomenal success; yet at 51 he felt tired and...

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