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The Life of Ima Hogg: The Collector

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Ima Hogg in her young adult years

"From the time I acquired my first Queen Anne armchair in 1920, I had an unaccountable compulsion to make an American collection for some Texas museum."

Miss Hogg was building a decorative arts collection for a Texas museum at a time when there was no American furniture museum in Texas. Miss Hogg's "unaccountable compulsion" eventually resulted in one of the nation's finest collections of American decorative arts from the period 1640 to 1870.

Miss Hogg donated all of these collections along with her brother Will's extensive collection of art by Frederic Remington, to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

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