Tyler, Royall, 1884-1953
- Existence: 1884 - 1953
Royall Tyler was an historian, diplomat, economist, and art connoisseur. He was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, on May 2, 1884, the son of Ellen Frances Krebs Tyler and William Royall Tyler (1852–1897). Although raised in Quincy, he spent most of his life in Europe.
In 1908, he met and fell in love with Elisina Palamidessi de Castelvecchio. Their son, William Royall Tyler, was born in Paris on October 17, 1910. Royall Tyler and Elisina Palamidessi de Castelvecchio were married on November 26, 1914, after her divorce from Grant Richards on April 24, 1914. Royall Tyler was fluent in French, Spanish, and German and proficient in Italian, Hungarian, and Greek.
Tyler was a life-long friend of Mildred Barnes Bliss and, after her marriage, of Robert Woods Bliss. He was instrumental in advising them as collectors and often served as their agent in acquisitions. Known as "Peter" to many of his friends, Royall Tyler was widely recognized as an art, wine, and food connoisseur. He died at the age of fifty-eight on February 3, 1953, in Paris, apparently by suicide.
Found in 11 Collections and/or Records:
30 black and white photographs of Robert Woods Bliss and Mildred Bliss and people associated with them. Photographs include portraits and snapshots. One photograph is of a drawing of Mildred Bliss. Photographs of: Royall Tyler, and a group of Dumbarton Oaks Gardeners.
Letter from Beatrix Farrand to Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss, c/o Dewey Riddle, Sunlight Valley, via Cody, Wyoming, August 22, 1938
Nine page handwritten and signed letter on Dumbarton Oaks letterhead from Mildred Bliss to Beatrix Farrand (Trix) discusses the death and funeral service of William Gray, Garden Superintendent of the Dumbarton Oaks Garden. Mildred Bliss shares guests who will be visiting and ongoing diplomatic activities.
Typescript letter with handwritten signature from Mildred Bliss to Beatrix Farrand (Trix).
Letter from Milrob, 3101 R Street, Dumbarton Oaks, Georgetown, Washington, D.C. to Mrs. Farrand, 1938
Handwritten letter from Mildred Bliss to Mrs. Farrand/Trix [Beatrix Farrand]. Mildred Bliss tells her about her upcoming schedule and mentions Nadia Boulanger, Ernest [Schelling], Bertie Wright's daughter, and Royall Tyler. Letter has a date in it of June 27, this letter probably written in 1938 based on other correspondence with similar topics of conversation.
Radiogram from Barbara Sessions to Mildred Bliss and Robert Woods Bliss, Washington, D.C., September 4, 1938 Digital
Telegram from MilRob, Washington, D.C. to Mrs. Max Farrand, 1650 Orlando Road, San Marino, California, June 9, 1938
Postal Telegraph telegram from Mildred and Robert Bliss to Beatrix Farrand expresses her disappointment that she missed connecting with Farrand by telephone. She had hoped to persuade her to travel westward via Dumbarton Oaks. She is overjoyed Max and Beatrix Farrand will be joining them in care of Dewey Riddle, Sunlight Valley, Cody, Wyoming. The Blisses dates are August 10-30, 1938. Royall Tyler is with them and will sail on the twenty-third.