Dr. Samuel Bancroft Barlow,
son of Lt. Edmund Barlow of Granville Massachusetts
Contributed by John F. Barlow
|History of Utah, by Orson F. Whitney Volume
2 Chapter X 1819–1869
To many it would seem improbable that such a claim could
be true. We give it, however, for what it is worth. It
is also said that Dr. Samuel Bancroft Barlow, of Granville,
Massachusetts, as early as 1833 or 1834, advocated the
construction of a railroad from New York to the mouth of
the Columbia River, by direct appropriations from the national
treasury. This was but three or four years after the first
application of steam to railroading in America. It is claimed,
however, that Dr. Barlow's suggestion, which appeared in
the Westfield (Mass.) Intelligencer, was called forth by
a series of articles on the same subject published in the
Emigrant of Washtenaw County, Michigan Territory. At Dubuque,
Iowa, in 1836, John Plumbe, a Welshman by birth, and a
civil engineer by profession, called the first public meeting
to discuss the subject of a transcontinental railway. In
the year following an article on the same topic appeared
in the New York Courier and Enquirer, from the pen of Dr.
New York Times, February 29, 1876
BARLOW - At his residence in this City on the 28th. inst.,
Samuel Bancroft Barlow M.D., age 78 years.
The friends and relatives of the family are respectfully
requested to attend the funeral at the South Reformed
Church, Fifth av. and 21st st., on Thursday at 3:30 P.M.
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Barlow and Owen Tristram Coffin, daughter of Samuel Bancroft
|The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable
Americans: Volume II page 299
COFFIN, Owen Tristram, lawyer, was born
in Washington, Dutchess County, N.Y., July 17, 1815; son
of Robert and Magdalena (Bentley) Coffin; grandson of Abishai
and Sarah (Long) Coffin, and of Tabor and Elizabeth (Vanderburgh)
Bentley; and a descendant in the sixth generation of Tristram
Coffin who emigrated from [p.299] Devonshire, England,
about the middle of the seventeenth century, and settled
on Nantucket Island, of which he became owner of one tenth
and was chief magistrate. Owen's preparatory education
was acquired at a Friends' boarding school, at Sharon,
Conn., academy, and at Kinderhook academy. He was graduated
at Union college in 1837 and was admitted to the bar in
1840, practising at Carmel, N.Y., 1840-45; at Poughkeepsie,
1845-51; and at Peekskill from 1851. In 1857 he was made
trustee of the Peekskill Military Academy and in 1859 was
chosen president of the board of trustees. He was elected
surrogate of Westchester County, N.Y., in 1870, and served
from Jan. 01, 1871, to Jan. 1, 1895.
He was married, June
15, 1842, to Belinda Emott Maison, who died in 1856.
His second wife was Harriet Cooley, daughter of Samuel
Bancroft Barlow, M.D., of New York City. Their son Samuel
Barlow Coffin, was graduated from Union college in 1885,
was admitted to the bar in 1888, and practised in Hudson,
N.Y. Union College conferred upon Surrogate Coffin the
degree of LL. D. in 1889. Many of his opinions were published
in Redfield's and Demarest's surrogate court reports.
Samuel Latham Mitchell
Barlow I, son of Samuel Bancroft Barlow
|America's Successful Men of Affairs:
An Encyclopedia of Contemporaneous Biography Volume
SAMUEL LATHAM MITCHELL BARLOW, lawyer, a native of Granville,
Massachusetts born June 05, 1826, died in Glen Cove, L.
I., July 10, 1889. He was a son of Samuel Bancroft Barlow,
physician, a graduate of Yale and president of the Homeopathic
College in New York.
The young man went from public school
at the age of sixteen to the law office of Willett & Greig,
where he received one dollar a week. Seven years later
he was admitted to the bar, and made manager of the firm
at a salary of $3,000 a year. Quick, intelligent, and thoroughly
versed in the law, he soon gained sufficient confidence
to open his own office. During an active practice of forty
years, he was identified with many important cases, being
noted for his success and acquiring a fortune in his profession.
At the age of twenty-three, he had charge of the settlement
of claims arising under the treaty with Mexico, from which
he received extraordinary fees. His ability to earn large
fees was phenomenal. In one instance he received $25,000
for half an hour's work, which was willingly paid, owing
to the magnitude of the interests involved and his great
tact in effecting an amicable adjustment.
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The firm of Bowdoin, Larocque & Barlow
was formed in 1852. After the death of the two senior partners
in 1868 and 1870, Joseph Larocque, brother of the original
member, William W. MacFarland and Mr. Barlow formed a new
firm to which was added in 1873 Judge William D. Shipman,
Judge William G. Choate in 1881 taking Mr. MacFarland's
A Democrat in politics, Mr. Barlow was for several years
a large stockholder in The New York World, and shaped its
policy from 1864 to 1869. He was one of the founders of
the Manhattan Club and a member of the Union Club. He had
a fine collection of paintings and engravings, and his
library of early American history was one of the most extensive
Mr Barlow's wife, Alice Cornell, daughter of Peter Townsend,
survived him, as did an only son. His son, PETER TOWNSEND
BARLOW, lawyer, was born in New York city, June 21, 1857.
He graduated from Harvard University in 1879, fitted himself
for the law at the Law School of Columbia College and in
the office of Shipman, Barlow, Larocque & Choate. He
was married in 1886 to Virginia Louise, daughter of Edward
Matthews. Their children are Edward M., and Samuel L.M.
Barlow. A gentleman of education and fine mind, he has
been elected to membership in many of the best clubs in
town, including the University, Harvard, Union, Metropolitan,
Players', Tuxedo, Racquet, Down Town and New York Yacht
|Cosmopolitan Magazine - October 1888
The Millionaires of New York, Part II, by Paul R. Cleveland
(the photo shown above is from this article)
Samuel L. M. Barlow, one of the very rich lawyers of the
city, was born at Granville, Mass., sixty one years ago,
but was educated here, and has made this his home ever
since. He is often spoken of as an Englishman, perhaps
because he has many English friends and affects various
English ways. He has a good mind, much diligence, great
energy, and, early in his practice, was engaged in several
very important railway cases, to which he has mainly confined
himself. He married a Miss Townsend, who was rich; he himself
has had enormouse fees, and has gained the name as did
the late Samuel J. Tilden, of a railway wrecker -- the
wrecker, according to popular opinion, taking most of the
valuable assets of the corporation, and leaving the nominal
assets to the stockholders.
Barlow is a lover of luxury. His home
is the double brown-stone house, at Madison avenue and
Forty-third street, and is filled with pictures, engravings,
bric-a-brac, bronzes, books, and other fine things which
men of culture, taste, and wealth enjoy. He has been a
collector for years, and may be considered an epicure in
various classes. He has a keen relish for delicate viands
and choice wines, and his devotion to his table is shown
in his ruddy complexion, and the size of his girth. He
is very found of whist, and is regarded as an authority
on the game. He blends business, pleasure and study gracefully,
and is noted for his elegant dinner parties and other social
recreations. The great wealth he has gained -- it is put
at from six to eight million dollars -- he uses liberally
and with refined discretion.
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|SAMUEL L. M. BARLOW
New York Times - July 11, 1889
Samuel Latham Mitchell Barlow, the widely
known lawyer and member of the firm of Shipman, Barlow,
Larocque, and Choate of 35 William street, died at 8 o'clock
yesterday morning at his summer home in Glen Cove L.I.,
Mr. Barlow had not been in his usual health for several
days, but both he and his friends attributed his slight
indisposition to the weather. He was at his office on Monday
and Tuesday. Tuesday afternoon, however, ex-Judge Shipman
noticed that his associate was not appearing as well as
he seemed the day before and advised him to go home and
see a physician. Mr. Barlow followed his friend's counsel,
and when he arrived in Glen Cove, Mrs. Barlow sent for
Dr. Smith, the partner of Dr. Fordyce Barker. The physician
at once determined that his patient was in danger, and
was in constant attendance until he died. With him at the
bedside of the dying man were Mrs. Barlow and his two granddaughters,
children of Mrs. Stephen H. Olin. Peter T. Barlow, his
only son, is now on his way to Europe. The cause of death
was heart failure, induced by apoplexy.
Mr. Barlow possessed the reputation of being one of the
most successful railway lawyers this country produced.
He had a particularly large circle of friends among men
holding official positions in this country, England, and
France, and made the law firm of which he was a member
the representative of a large number of valuable estates
of which he had been chosen administrator. He was, until
the death of his daughter, Mrs. Olin, several years ago,
a prominent figure in the society of this city, and almost
rivaled Sam Ward in his tastes as an epicure. His splendid
house, at Twenty-third street and Madison-avenue, he stored
with art treasures, and his library, richer than any other
private collection in America, was gathered by him as a
labor of love. He had a great fondness for dogs, too, and
at successive shows at the Madison-Square Garden his dogs
won prizes in several classes.
Mr. Barlow was born in Granville, Mass., June 5, 1826.
He was named for his grandfather, who was an intimate friend
of Brillat Bavarin when the famous Frenchman was giving
lessons in this city. His father was a physician, Samuel
Bancroft Barlow, who married a descendant of Capt. Joe
Wadsworth of Charter Oak fame. There were several children
by this marriage, S.L.M. Barlow being the eldest. It was
intended that he too should be a physician, but the family
was poor, and was unable to send him to college. His parents
had removed to this city sometime before this, and at the
age of fourteen years he entered the law office of Willett & Greigg
at a salary of $1 a week. Mr. Barlow frequently told of
his hardships at this time. He had served three months
without receiving a cent, and he needed new boots. He ventured
to ask Mr. Greig for his wages. "Wages, Sir," exclaimed
the old Scotchman, "you don't receive wages here,
Sir." "You are engaged at a salary of $52 per
annum, payable semi-annually."
While office boy, he was sent with a message to Daniel
Webster, who took a great fancy to the little chap and
kept him with him all day telling him stories about himself.
Mr. Barlow treasured this experience until his death. After
an apprenticeship lasting seven years, Mr. Barlow was admitted
to the bar, and upon the death of Mr. Greig began business
for himself. Four years work brought him into considerable
prominence, and in 1852 he founded the firm of Bowdoin,
Laroque and Barlow in conjunction with Messrs. George R.J.
Bowdoin, and Jeremiah Laroque. No sooner had this been
done than he began to accumulate large sums of money. A
trip to Europe in behalf of an Illinois railway in the
year the firm was started brought him $50,000. Another
in the interests of the Ohio and Mississippi brought him
an equal sum. Nearly thirty years ago Vanderbilt and Aspinwall
were fighting over the Nicaragua and Panama business. They
would not speak to each other, so bitter was their rivalry.
Mr. Barlow had no interest in the suit beyond being a holder
of a few shares of Pacific Mail, but he considered the
dispute of sufficient importance to warrant his interference.
One day he invited the enemies in his house without either
knowing of his rival's presence. After a few minutes of
Mr. Barlow's exhortations the millionaires shook hands,
signed an agreement, and each handed him a check for $5000.
The next morning Panama and Pacific Mail stock went away
up beyond ....(missing)
At the close of the Franco-Prussian war Mr. Barlow received
$25,000 for half an hour's work. Commodore Garrison and
some friends had a contract with Gambetta to supply arms
to the French Government, involving $1,600,000. Before
the contract was filled Gambetta had fallen and Thiera
had gained power. The latter deemed the terms exorbitant
and repdiated them. There was every prospect of great loss
and successive lawsuits. The parties were about to have
a receiver appointed and had the arms sold at auction,
when Mr. Barlow appeared as representative of a gentleman
who had $10,000 in the transaction. He heard all complaints,
invited all the malcontents to dine at his house, and after
dinner induced them to sign an agreement under which he
sent an agent to Paris, where he remained for two months.
On his return the goods were ordered shipped to Algiers,
and the money was received in this city. Garrison was so
delighted that he handed the shrewd lawyer $25,000 for
The act for which he gained his widest fame was the lawsuit
which expelled Jay Gould from the control of the Erie Railway
after the death of James Fisk, Jr. The English and other
ill-used stockholders of the railroad had long been lookinf
for an opportunity to oust the manipulators into whose
hands the property had fallen. Fisk had been a hard fighter
and lavished the money he made in keeping the Erie in his
power. He and Gould employed distinguished counsel and
they kept the two imprgnably intrenched. An effort to end
this was made when Fisk was shot. The Grand Opera House,
which was used as headquarters for both railway and theater,
was carried by storm. It was held against Gould as well
as against the processes of the courts, for, when a writ
of injunction was obtained by David Dudley Field from Judge
Ingrahm and was served upon Mr. Barlow and his associates,
they stamped upon it. This was contempt of court, but because
of aroused public opinion, it was never punished. A suit
was begun against Gould for $10,000,000. He retained able
counsel to defend him, but after several weeks of consultation
and negotiation he was advised to compormise, which he
did, paying the big sum of $9,000,000 in full settlement.
Mr. Barlow was elected one of the Directors of the road
under the new management, and was retained as its private
counsel at a salary of $25,000 a year. This was independent
of the fees paid to his firm for its services as attorneys
and counselors in court.
Mr. Barlow was a Democrat in politics, and was so during
and before the war, when he was an apologist for slavery.
He never held any political office. He was a large shareholder
in the ill-fated Seawanhaka, on which he was in the habit
of making daily trips to Glen Cove. He was aboard of her
when she was destroyed by fire. When the Grand Jury considered
the Seawanhaka case they brought in indictments against
every one interested in her. Mr. Barlow among the rest.
No further action, however, was taken.
Mr. Barlow was a member of the Manhattan and Union Clubs
of long standing and was distinguised as honorary member
of several political organizations, in none of which did
he take an active part. He was also a stockholder in the
Sun newspaper. Though Mr. Barlow's receipts from his profession
were very large, he spent money in speculations very freely.
The great diamond fraud of nearly a decade ago cost him,
it is said, nearly half a million of dollars.
The firm of which he was a member when he made his first
successes was changed in 1868 by the death of Jeremiah
Larocque, who was succeeded by his son, Joseph. In 1870,
Mr. Bowdoin died and in May, 1873, ex-Judge Shipman became
a member , followed in June 1881, by ex-Judge William Choate,
and later on by Solomon Hanford. It will be remembered
that in September last James E. Bedell, the real estate
clerk of the firm, swindled it and its clients out of more
than a quarter of a million dollars by means of forged
mortgages. The shock which this discovery gave Mr. Barlow
he never recovered from. He was prostrated at the time
and never thoroughly regained his health. Recent litigation
concerning Bedell's operations have worried Mr. Barlow,
and it is believed hastened his death.
Mr. Barlow leaves one son, Peter T. Barlow, who is married.
His fortune is estimated at nearly $2,000,000.
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Peter Townsend Barlow,
son of Samuel Latham Mitchell Barlow I
June 21, 1857 - May 09, 1921
Photograph by Charles L. Ritzmann
Celebrities, New York
|PETER T. BARLOW
DIED IN CHICAGO HOSPITAL
Ex-Police Magistrate, Long Ill,Was Returning Home from
California When Stricken.
New York Times - May 10, 1921
Peter Townsend Barlow, for many years a Police Magistrate,
and in other respects also a well known figure int he
social and civic life of New York, died yesterday in
St. Luke's Hospital, Chicago, following a long illness.
He had spent the winter at Coronado Beach, California,
and was on his way East with a trained nurse when his
condition suddenly became critical as he neared Chicago
and he was taken to the hospital there April 30.
He was born in this city in 1857, a
son of the noted railroad attorney, Samuel L.M. Barlow,
and a collateral descendant of Joel Barlow.* He
graduated from Harvard in 1879 and from the Columbia
Law School in 1881, afterward entering his father's office.
He married in 1886 Miss Virginia Louise Matthews.
Of recent years he had resigned from all his clubs except
the Union and University. The only near relative is his
Judge Barlow was particularly interested in the problmes
of the social evil in New York and for a long time presided
over the Night Court. He had been President of the Florence
Crittenton Home. During the trial of the Poillon sisters
for "beating hotels' one of the defendants asserted
that Magistrate Barlow had promised to pay all their
hotel bills and had given them many presents. Nothing
came of this statement. In 1910 he was charged with neglect
in reducing the bail of three burglars who then fled.
The Appellate Division dismissed the charges, but ruled
that he had been negligent and had exceeded his authority.
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|*Note: This is in error, Joel was from the
John of Fairfield Connecticut Barlows, while Peter was from
the Edmund of Malden Massachusetts Barlows.
|New York Times - May 11, 1921
BARLOW, Judge. Funeral Grace Church, Thursday at 3:30
BARLOW, Society of Colonial Wars in the State of New York.
With deep regret announcement is made to the members of
the society of the death on May 9 of their late associate,
Hon. Peter Townsend Barlow.
EDWARD LASELL PARTRIDGE, Governor FREDERICK
R. FEFFERTS, Jr. Sec'y
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|New York Times April 26, 1905
MAGISTRATES WIFE DEAD
Mrs. Louisa Barlow, Had Been Ill for Two Months
Mrs. Louisa Barlow, wife of Police Magistrate, Peter T.
Barlow, died at her home, 35 East Twenty-first Street,
Monday night of heart disease, superinduced by grip. Mrs.
Barlow had been ill for two months.
Mrs. Barlow, before her marriage eighteen years ago was
Miss Louisa Mathews, daughter of Edward Mathews, a prominent
merchant. The wedding took place in Paris.
The funeral will take place Thursday morning at 10:30
o'clock from Grace Church. The Rev. Dr. W.R. Huntington
will read the service. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.
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Samuel Latham Mitchell Barlow II,
son of Peter Townsend Barlow
1892 - 1982
|DETROIT TOWN HALL Friday Morning
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Samuel L.M. Barlow Composer
World Traveler Drama and Art Critic
Versatility is the dominant note of Samuel L.M. Barlow's
personality - a creative spirit whose genius expresses
itself in many mediums and interests. Best known to the
world as a composer -- the only American composer to
have an opera in the permanent repertory of the Paris
Opera Comique-- whose music for "Amphitryon 38" acted
by the Lunts thrilled Broadway -- whose Jim Crowe Car
was recorded by Paul Robeson and whose many symphonic
compositions have been presented by Stokowski and Goossens
and other conductors and orchestras of our day.
As a fellow of the Carnegie Endowment,
Samuel Barlow was sent by the Department of State and the
office of the Coordinator to South America during 1943
for a survey of all the countries there. Mr. Barlow crossed
the Andes six times and was in the Argentine when the revolution
broke out. He has long been interested in Inter-American
relations. He understands the geographic, cultural, political
and econonic forces in each of the South American countries
and the influence of those forces on Inter-American Relations.
Last year he was visiting lecturer at Puerto Rico University.
Mr. Barlow is treasurer of the Iranian Institute and School
of Asiatic Studies, treasurer of Near East Emergency Relief,
Director of China Aid Council and is moderator of the Forum
for Democracy broadcast from the New York Times Hall. He
is an excellent speaker and a delightful platform personality.
His unusual scope of interests and insight into world affairs
bring a unique depth and dimension to his lectures.
At Eleven o'clock
'The Artist in Society'
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of Iowa Libraries
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|Groves Dictionary of Music
Barlow, Samuel L(atham) M(itchell) (b New York 1 June
1892; d Wyndoor, PA, 19 Sept 1982) American composer. He
was a pupil of Percy Goetschius and Franklin Robinson in
New York, and of Philipp in Paris and Respighi in Rome
(1923). His one-act opera Mon ami Pierrot, to a libretto
by Sacha Guitry on the life of Lully and purporting to
show the origin of the French children's son 'Au clair
de la lune', was the first by an American to be performed
at the Opera-Cominque in Paris (11 January 1935). He also
wrote the operas Amanda (1936) and Eugenie, besides some
novel orchestral pieces. His style was relatively conservative:
he admited that 'tunes which wouldn't shcok Papa Brahms
keep sticking their necks out'.
H. WILEY HITCHCOCK
||New York Times - September 21, 1982
Samuel L. M. Barlow, 90, Dies; Composer, Writer and Liberal
Samuel L. M. Barlow, a composer, writer and liberal activist
of the 30's and 40's, died Sunday at the Springfield Retirement
Residence in Wyndmoor, Pa. He was 90 years old.
Mr. Barlow's "Mon Ami Pierrot," a
fantasy that purports to show the origin of the French children's
song, "Au Claire de la Lune," was performed in
January 1934 by the L'Opera Comique in Paris it was the first
time the company staged an American's works,leading the French
Government to award the composer the Legion of Honor.
After graduating from Harvard University in 1914 and serving
as a lieutenant in World War II Mr. Barlow's houses at
Gramercy Park and the south of France were centers for
artists and the sites of concerts for liberal causes.
In "The Astonished Muse," published in 1961,
he described his motivations.
"There has always been a close connection between
art and politics, between creative mind and the created
state. Every moment of history, including today, is but
the sum of survivals and reawakenings. In both survival
and reawakening, the artist has been the sustaining and
Mr. Barlow taught in settlement schools and lectured for
the New York Board of Education as well as at universities
in foreign countries. He also contributed frequently to
Modern Music, a magazine published by the American League
Most of Mr. Barlow's time, however was devoted to music.
In addition to "Mon Ami Pierrot", he wrote another
opera, a ballet, six orchestral works and more than a half-dozen
pieces of chamber music.
His "Concerto for Magic Lantern and Symphony Orchestra," an
adaption of "Babar, the Little Elephant" was
performed in 1938 bu the Philadelphia Orchestra under the
direction of Leopold Stokowski. Mr. Barlow also composed
the incidental music for "Amphitryon", a 1938
Broadway musical starring Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne.
Surviving is his daughter, Audrey Orndorff.
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||VOGUE MAGAZINE - February 15,
The House of Samuel L. Barlow, Esq. at Eze, in the Alpes-Maritimes
by Rene´ Juta
EZE, or Eza, after a long sleep has awakened to the songs
of Italian masons. Eze is a town on a narrow strip of land,
lying along the Mediterranean between Italy and Provence
and isolated for centuries by its difficult geography.
With the mountains on one side and the sea on the other,
it has been regarded by historians and antiquarians as
unworthy and unproductive. But, recently, it has blossomed
into new beauty.
The new Corniche road cut between the old sea road and
the high mountain road, once the old Aurelian way, made
this possible. Fot it is a road of easy access, with great
beauty in its cypresses and gorse, its valerian and olive-trees
and nightingales. And it leads to Eze, on a high butt of
rock. Eze that was sleeping, like Brumhilda, waiting through
the ages. Even the new road did not disturb the silent
town for the pyre of rock overlooks the road and its sycophant
cafe´s and cottages.
The history of the coast is marked on this
ancient town, and it bears old scars and crumbling armour.
Its three gates, splendid stone memorials of the fierce pirate,
Barbarossa, and his pillaging ravagers are in ruins. Under
the ruins lie Roman moneys, buried when Augustus built his
white and golden Temple Monument at La Turbic higher up in
Besieged and defensive, the Eze of olden times held little
laughter in the narrow streets. There is, however, a story
that two troubadours fresh from some gayer court, brought
their wives to town, but sang continually of the beauty
of the great Countess of Provence, living in one of the
stone houses far under the castle. And, if the story were
illustrated, we might see the two wives, hand in hand,
long pennant-like veils fluttering from high hennins moving
down the steep sides of the town and trailing girdles of
chaste discontent into a convent, so bored were they with
the troubadours and their hated loves.
Bits of the castle at Eze have stood through the centuries,
and the town has clung to three sides of the hill in clusters
and tiers of red and orange Roman tiles. Thirteen or fourteen
hundred feet below, the Mediterranean stretches jade-green
water all the miles across to Corsica.
And now, on this high promontory with all the Riviera
from Nice to Toulon spread out before it, a new house has
risen, as lordly and as massive as an old feudal castle.
It is owned by Samuel L. Barlow, Esq., and it came to be
throught the mere chance of a picnic party. For Mr. Barlow
and his family stopped for a picnic one day at Eze on a
shaded terrace hedged with Barbary fig. On the brow of
a lower hill, they could see the monastic stone house of
Mr. Louis Jacques Balsan and his wife who was Miss Consuelo
Vanderbilt. A winding way led down the ravine to Mrs. Oliver
H.P. Belmont's house on the water's edge. Farmhouses, cypress-trees,
miles and miles of headland and islands, and a background
of mountains all made the coast-line an amazingly beautiful
On another day, some time before, the poet, Nietzsche,
had climbed up the hillside to this same terrace, under
the old barren olive-tree near the "shrine" of
a little headless virgin, and there had written the most
beautiful chapters of "Zarathustra."
A RENAISSANCE AT EZE
The Barlow picnic party decided to buy some of the old
houses in the narrow street. From dark doorways, donkeys
brayed warning, but the Mayor was found and a sale arranged.
Some Italian masons gathered, and a renaissance began.
Water was pumped up into Eze. A house grew on the very
edge of the promontory. Gardens were made to bloom with
magnolias, lilies, and stock on the terraces.
Mr. Barlow's taste and energy have brought new beauty
to Eze, and the old town has grown out of itself into a
new self without too conscious a design on any jarring
In the house, one passes through a wrought-iron doorway
at one end of the long stone-walled music-room into a dining
room in which are frescoes painted by Jan Juta and forming
a saga of Eze and its countryside. Following the habits
of the old Italian cinque-cento craftsmen, he has worked
legendary, fantastic views of Eze straight into mortar.
Mr. Juta, who has a studio in Paris, but is now in New
York, has spent a great deal of time on the Riviera and
is familiar with Eze and its history, its legends and romance.
The revival of fresco in house decorations has assumed
a definite place in modern interiors. With the constant
improvement in architectural taste and harmony of exterior
and interior, mural space looms as a neglected possibility
for beauty. Throughout the large rooms at Eze, Mr. Juta
has used the long expanses of wall and ceiling to striking
|Photographs of Samuel L M. Barlow's
House by Richard Cannes
Click on thumbnails to view full images
Mr. Barlow's house is set like an old feudal castle, high
on the promontory above the Mediterranean. From the terrace,
one may see the houses owned by the Duke of Connaught and
Prince William of Sweden.
In Mr. Barlow's very interesting house at Eze, frescoes
forming a saga of the town and countryside cover the walls.
They are by Jan Juta, an English artist who has a studio
in Paris and is now in New York, but has spent much time
on the Riviera and is thoroughly familiar with its history
and legends. The picturesque setting, the blue of the Mediterranean,
and deep greens and browns of olive-trees, aloes, cypress
and pine give these frescoes striking beauty.
The doorways play of role in the frescoes of the dining
room at Eze, and one is painted to suggest a tiled Provencal
doorway. The fireplace is copied from the famous Davanseti
Palasso in Florence and decorated by Jan Juta.
In the music room at Eze, Mr. Barlow has shown great taste
and achieved an effect of rich simplicity. The floor is
tiled with multicoloured Moroccan tiles set in dull pale
green opaque tiles. The ceiling, painted in harmony with
the scheme of the rooms has great interest, as have the
fifteenth century fireplace and the Mortlake tapestries.
This view of the frescoed dining-room of the Barlow house
shows the wrought iron door leading from the music room
and one of the beautiful stone windows through which, when
the awning shade is raised, one may see all the beauty
of the coast, from Nice to Toulan.
Mortlake tapestries add a rich softness to the walls of
the music-room at Eze, brocades of dull claret and gold
predominating. At the end of the room is a fifteenth-century
fireplace with a curious design of dolphins.
The vine hung terrace looks straight across the jade-green
sea to Corsica, while behind it rises the Alpes-Maritimes,
and between the sea and mountains stretch all the miles
of the shining Cote´ d´Asur.
The gorgeous setting of Eze, on the Moyenne Corniche road,
is shown in the charcoal drawing by Jan Juta. The ancient
townwall and gateways encircle the houses and castle ruins,
and the hillside is covered with the deep green of olive-trees
Today, the Barlow house is known as LeChateau
Richard Baker enquired of the French about
LeChateau Barlow, and got the following response:
This house belonged between the 12th and 15th Centuries
to the noble family of Riquier. It was bought by the American
musician Balakovic in 1923. Then it was passed to the Barlow
family. Mr. Barlow gave receptions with Prince William of
Sweden and the musician Balakovic. The presence of these
personages at Eze enabled the village to be opened to tourism
and the arts.
The house still exists in the village.
Mr. Barlow also had built the first and only fountain in
the village in 1932. Since 1952 it is the only current of
water for the inhabitants.