The Norman and Roselea Goldberg Collection
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Biographical Note - Norman Goldberg
Goldberg bought his Crome painting to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and found that there was a lack of scholarship on the field in terms of Crome’s authenticity. C.H. Collins Baker, the curator of the National Gallery in London and an authority on Crome, sent him a list of presumed works by the artist and Goldberg began his own personal research on Crome the Elder. This took him 100,000 miles across the United States and Canada, and eventually to England in 1960; by 1970, he had travelled to England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France, the Netherlands, and Spain. He began his catalogue raisonné on the artist in 1963 and after fifteen years saw his work, John Crome the Elder, published. Dr. Goldberg’s interests expanded from John Crome the Elder to the entire Norwich School from his initial interest to the end of his life. His other published work, Landscapes of the Norwich School: An American debut 1967, was a catalogue for an exhibition held at the Cummer Gallery of Art in Jacksonville, Florida in 1967. Goldberg lectured in both the United States and England at acclaimed institutions such as Vanderbilt University in Nashville, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Castle Museum in Norwich.
In the remaining years of Dr. Goldberg’s life after his research was published, he moved on to study John Sell Cotman, another artist from the Norwich School. He accumulated the largest collection of Cotman etchings outside of England. He was asked to write a book by one of the university presses, but this was never completed before his death on July 30, 1982.
Dr. Goldberg’s memory lives on at his former institution, Vanderbilt University. The Goldberg Room holds his extensive collection of books on the Norwich School and East Anglia. He and his wife, Roselea, posthumously support both a chair position in the Vanderbilt History of Art Department and a regularly occurring lecture series.
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