Louis Rinaldo Ehrich was an author, politician, business, and railroad man as well as a collector and the president/founder of the Ehrich Galleries in New York City. Ehrich’s collection included work from all schools of art, including early English, Spanish, Italian, and Flemish pictures. Several exhibition catalogs from the Ehrich Galleries have been digitized for the Documenting the Gilded Age project (see illustrations).
Ehrich sold art to museums and private collectors. Some of the museums for which he sold works are The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Worcester Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), and The Art Institute of Chicago.