Director of the Freer Gallery, Washington D.C. Lodge was the son of Senator Henry Cabot Lodge and a great grandson of George Cabot. He studied at the Boston School and spent two years at Harvard, 1896-98. He also studied in Europe. In 1910 Lodge was appointed curator of the Department of Asiatic Art of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. He married Mary Connolly. He became chairman of the committee on oriental art of the Smithsonian Art Commission in 1920. In 1931 Lodge became director of the newly founded Freer Gallery of Art, a position he held until the time of his death.
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and Wenley, Archibald Gibson. A Descriptive and Illustrative Catalogue of Chinese Bronzes Acquired During the Administration of John Ellerton Lodge. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, 1946.
Obituary. The New York Times. December 31, 1942; p. 15.