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 through 19th century. Intended to be encyclopedic, the collection includes paintings 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.
Selections from this collection are always displayed in the Museum's South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Persian art galleries.
During Binney’s time forward works from this collection have traveled the world. Most recently, the exhibition Into India has visited the the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Museo Nacional de Antropología, Mexico City, and the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid.
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).