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Highlighting Sterling Clark’s trek through China

Surveying equipment used on Sterling Clark’s 1908 trip to China is seen in front of a wall-sized image of his party’s route. (Image courtesy of the Clark Art Institute)
Surveying equipment used on Sterling Clark’s 1908 trip to China is seen in front of a wall-sized image of his party’s route. (Image courtesy of the Clark Art Institute)
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We all know Sterling Clark and his wife, Francine, as founders of the Clark Art Institute, a Massachusetts museum renowned for its European and American paintings. But before he bought his first Renoir, before he married the actress from Paris who became his partner in collecting art, Sterling Clark was an adventurer and explorer. In 1908, when he was 31 years old, he led a 36-man expedition across rough and remote regions of northern China. ...


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