Private Collection

A hidden collection of great art you can see for free

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ne of the great collections of American art is housed at a private high school: the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy. The museum has several Winslow Homer masterpieces, including “The West Wind” and “Eight Bells,” but it also boasts works by John Singleton Copley, John Singer Sargent, Georgia O’Keeffe, Edward Hopper, Jackson Pollock, Alexander Calder and Phillips alumnus Frank Stella. It’s also open to the public and completely free. Founded in 1927, the Addison has nearly 17,000 pieces in all and rotates its exhibitions three times a year (though the favorites are always on display); it was endowed by Thomas Cochran, who attended the school on a scholarship and went on to become J.P. Morgan’s banking partner.

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Samuel F. Smith composed the hymn “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” in the house at 147 Main St. in Andover. The actual name of the song is “America,” and the house, now known as the America House, is also owned by Phillips Academy.

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