The Edwin Binney 3rd Collection
The Museum’s Edwin Binney 3rd Collection is one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of South Asian paintings outside of India. It consists of 1,453 works that survey every major school from the 12th century through the 19th century. Intended to be encyclopedic, the collection includes paintings from made for the Mughal, Deccani, Rajasthani, and Pahari courts. The collection was assembled by Edwin Binney 3rd (1925–1986), an heir to the Crayola fortune who was also interested in Persian miniatures, Ottoman art, ballet prints, and theater books.
During Binney’s time and since being donated the Museum, works from this collection have traveled around the world. The Musée Guimet, Paris, the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, and the Museo Nacional de Antropología, Mexico City, are among the institutions that have hosted exhibitions of Indian painting drawn entirely from The San Diego Museum of Art’s collection.
Paintings from the collection have also been shown in many major exhibitions of Indian art, including: Devi: The Great Goddess (Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, DC; 1999); Vishnu: Hinduism’s Blue-Skinned Savior (Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville and The Brooklyn Museum, New York; 2011); and Wonder of the Age: Master Painters of India, 1100-1900 (Museum Rietberg, Zurich and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; 2011).