Letter from National Trust for Historic Preservation to Mrs. Norman Dix March 24, 1967
[one page typed letter with printed letterhead]
[printed letterhead at top:]
Trust for Historic Preservation
[upper right corner, logo of eagle with spread wings on pillar with laurel underneath, and text:]
Guarding America’s Heritage
March 24, 1967
Dear Mrs. Dix:
Complying with your request of last Sunday afternoon for additional information with respect to the portrait of Elizabeth Bordley Gibson now hanging in the dining room at Woodlawn, the following data is supplied:
This original painting of Elizabeth Bordley Gibson was received in April 1955, through the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. William F. Machold of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who offered the portrait to the National Trust Repository as a gift to be hung in Woodlawn Plantation.
The description given by the donors at that time reads as follows:
“. . . a copy of the Gilbert Stuart portrait owned by the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. This copy, said to be by Wallace, measures 23" x 28", is in fine condition, having been cleaned recently, and in the original gilt frame. A photograph of it is included in the Frick Art Reference Library.”
The original oil painting by Stuart is mentioned in the BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF THE BORDLEY FAMILY OF MARYLAND by Mrs. Elizabeth Bordley Gibson and edited by her niece Elizabeth Mifflin, Philadelphia, printed by Henry B. Ashmead.
We were very happy to have you and your family visit Woodlawn and hope you will return from time to time.
Very truly yours,
[signature “Helen B. Weirich” followed by typed text:]
(Helen B. Weirich, Hostess)
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