Museums: Chesterdale the Custodian

Great art collectors are made, not born. Rather than the exception, the late Chester Dale (see color pages) was the rule. Even well into his 70s, he still seemed the wiry, colloquial kid who, in his early teens, was an accomplished trackside bettor and dropped out of Peekskill Military Academy to become a Wall Street runner. The way of Chesterdale (as his friends called him) was to make wise gambles, and by dealing shrewdly in public utilities, he parlayed his way into a fortune by age 35. "No dealer ever sold me a...

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