Joseph F. McCrindle

Joseph F. McCrindle

Joseph F. McCrindle was raised in both New York and Europe. During this time, Joseph gained an appreciation for art and fluency in several languages. He attended St. Paul’s School in Manhattan and then Harvard University. During World War II, Joseph served as a translator with the Office of Strategic Services in London. By the end of the war he had achieved the rank of first lieutenant. He then earned his law degree at Yale University. After working briefly on Wall Street, Joseph joined the publishing world. He worked at several publishing companies in New York and London before establishing his own literary agency. From this agency, Joseph founded and edited the Transatlantic Review, a publication featuring both young and old, known and unknown, American and European authors.

Joseph’s true passion was for the arts and for collecting artwork, particularly 19th century drawings by masters. In addition to the drawings, Joseph collected master paintings, historical manuscripts, letters, and pre-Columbian art. He was also a donor to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Center at Yale, the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, Legion of Honor, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Morgan Library and Museum, and the National Gallery of Art. Joseph served on the boards of the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the New York Youth Symphony.

Before his death in 2008, he established the Joseph F. McCrindle Foundation, a philanthropic organization which awards grants to art, music, and social justice organizations.