FROM THE HILL
decades, a time in which works such as
these were becoming difficult to acquire.
“We sometimes fought ferociously at auc-
tion. This collection cannot be duplicated
today,” Peck said.
With the Rembrandts, the collection
includes nearly 100 17th-century Dutch
landscape, genre and figural compositions
by artists such as Aelbert Cuyp, Jan van
Goyen and Jacob van Ruisdael as well as a
dozen 17th-century Flemish drawings by
masters that include Peter Paul Rubens,
Jacob Jordaens and Paul Bril. A group of
15 18th- and 19th-century Dutch drawings
also is part of the collection.
One of the Rembrandt drawings in the
collection bears an inscription in the artist’s
handwriting, which until this donation
was the last known drawing with such an
inscription remaining in private hands.
Peck said that besides exhibiting the
drawings, the Ackland will mount a major
traveling exhibit and plans to put high-res-
olution images of the collection online.
“This amazing gift of European Golden
Age art treasures — preserved for nearly
400 years and lovingly collected by the
Pecks over the past 40 years — delights
us today with its timeless beauty and
will forever inspire future generations of
students, scholars and visitors that come to
our historic campus,” Chancellor Carol L.
Folt said. “These drawings are a remarkable
window through which we glimpse past
cultures and times through the eyes of
The gift includes the Peck Collection
Endowment Fund and the Sheldon
Peck Curatorship Fund, dedicated to the
care and enhancement of the collection,
including conservation, digitization
and cataloging as well as funds for the
acquisition of other European and
American masterworks created before
The Sheldon Peck curator of European
and American art and curator of the Peck
Collection will be the Ackland’s first full-
time endowed position.
“Thanks to the new curatorial position
their endowment also provides, we look
forward to organizing a series of special
exhibitions focusing on masterworks
from the Peck Collection,” said Ackland
Director Katie Ziglar ’ 79.
“The exceptional vision and profound
humanity of the Dutch Masters’ drawings
still have the power to surprise and delight
400 years after their creation,” Peck said.
“I hope many will experience the pleasure
He has donated art to the Ackland since
and awe these works still elicit in me every
time I study one.”
After he left Chapel Hill in the 1960s,
Peck — an orthodontic specialist, educator
and art collector — moved to Boston for a
residency in orthodontics and then entered
private practice and academics. He was a
clinical professor of developmental biology
at the Harvard University School of Dental
Medicine for 20 years and has served as an
adjunct professor of orthodontics at UNC’s
School of Dentistry.
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With the Rembrandts, the collection includes nearly 100
17th-century Dutch landscape, genre and figural compositions.