However, the Clark family was a different story. When Edward Clark died in 1882, thanks to his business acumen and the colossal success of the Singer Sewing Machine Company -- he left a vast fortune of $25 million
|Edward had only one child -- his son Alfred Corning Clark.|
Could this story be any stranger???
I could not find a picture of Alfred Corning Clark. According to the book, he was a generous patron to male artists, and for 19 years his closest companion was a Norwegian tenor named Lorentz Severin Skougaard.
When his father’s death forced him to return to Manhattan, Alfred installed Skougaard down the block from the town house where he lived with his wife and children.
Although Alfred was not interested in the sewing machine business -- he loved art, and that was clearly the currency his sons valued. They funded and supported many art collections in America, started the Museum Of Modern Art, donated dozens of works of priceless art -- worth many millions -- to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.