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Tyler, Royall, 1884-1953

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1884 - 1953

Biography

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:

Dumbarton Oaks, Robert Woods Bliss, Mildred Bliss, and People

Sub-Series — Folder: 6Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001
Scope and Contents:

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 Mildred Bliss, March 28, 1938

File — Box: B: 2, Folder: 9Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, B:BF 1938.03.28
Scope and Contents: Copy of typescript letter from Beatrix Farrand to Mildred Bliss. Beatrix Farrand reports the Palomar Observatory wants help in planting the surrounding great dome of the 200 ft. Hale telescope. She comments "how closely our minds jump in parallel lines." She says it is exciting about Dumbarton's future with the sculpture gallery being built, Christian and Byzantine census, and the interest expressed by Princeton and Harvard Universities.Beatrix Farand thinks the memorial...

Letter from Beatrix Farrand to Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss, c/o Dewey Riddle, Sunlight Valley, via Cody, Wyoming, August 22, 1938

File — Box: B: 2, Folder: 41Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, B:BF 1938.08.22
Scope and Contents: Copy of typescript letter from Beatrix Farrand to Mildred Bliss tells her the law suit about Farrand's grandmother's estate has been decided in her favor. "As you know, perhaps, Elisina felt this part of the estate [Edith Wharton's estate] should go to her and had asked and received three different legal opinons as to whether she might claim the whole of my granmother's trust and each legal advisor urged her to accept the compromise offered her on my behalf last autumn of a half and half...

Letter from Mildred Bliss, 104 E. 68th Street, New York to Trix, March 16, 1938

File — Box: B: 2, Folder: 6Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, B:MB 1938.03.16
Scope and Contents: Typescript letter with handwritten signature from Mildred Bliss to Trix (Beatrix Farrand) telling her she read the Casa Dorinda notes on the train to New York and thought it was an excellent report.She informs Beatrix Farrand that plans are being made for the room southwest of the Dumbarton Oaks Music Room and Kenneth Conant of Harvard University has visited Dumbarton Oaks twice each for three days working the dummy, plans, and details of the new room. James Bryce has moved the...

Letter from Mildred Bliss, Dumbarton Oaks, Georgetown, Washington, D.C. to Trix, January 3, 1938

File — Box: B: 2, Folder: 1Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, B:MB 1938.01.03
Scope and Contents:

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.

Letter from Mildred Bliss, Dumbarton Oaks, Georgetown, Washington, D.C. to Trix, July 24, 1940

File — Box: B: 2, Folder: 85Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, B:MB 1940.07.24
Scope and Contents:

Typescript letter with handwritten signature from Mildred Bliss to Beatrix Farrand (Trix).

Letter from Mildred Bliss, Dumbarton Oaks, Georgetown, Washington, D.C. to Trix, June 13, 1938

File — Box: B: 2, Folder: 28Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, B:MB 1938.06.13
Scope and Contents: Dictated typescript letter with handwritten signature and postscript from Mildred Bliss to Beatrix Farrand. Mildred Bliss was hoping that Beatrix Farrand would stop in Washington, D.C. on her way to Calfornia as she had much to talk over with her. She thanks her for the recent letter and photographs. She reports the Garden Club met at Dumbarton Oaks and Anne Sweeney gave a talk about the Catalogue House. Royall Tyler leaves for New York and Robert Bliss is going to hear him speak at the...

Letter from Milrob, 3101 R Street, Dumbarton Oaks, Georgetown, Washington, D.C. to Mrs. Farrand, 1938

File — Box: B: 2, Folder: 31Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, B:MB 1938.xx.xx
Scope and Contents:

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.

Partial letter by Beatrix Farrand, approximately 1938

File — Box: B: 2, Folder: 26Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, B:BF undated
Scope and Contents: Three typescript paragraphs probably by Beatrix Farrand to Mildred Bliss about books that were left by Edith Wharton following her death to Lady (Kenneth) Clark's son, Colin on architecture or art. Colin was Edith's godson. Beatrix reports that Lady Clark had received a letter from Elisina Tyler telling her that Edith Wharton has not made a catalogue of books and before her death Edith had presented Elisina with the most valuable book in the collection. "Evidently they do not love...

Radiogram from Barbara Sessions to Mildred Bliss and Robert Woods Bliss, Washington, D.C., September 4, 1938 Digital

File — Box: H, Folder: 2, item: 6Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, H2:Sessions 1938.09.04
Scope and Contents: Typescript RCA Radiogram from Barbara Sessions, Dumbarton Oaks Librarian, to Mildred Bliss and Robert Woods Bliss informing them that the Italian Decree [anti-Jewish laws] is effective October 16 and deprives [Teodoro "Doro"] Levi of professorship [Professor of Classical Archaeology at the University of Cagliari]. The situation is desperate since the stipend is their only income. She asks if [Levi's] services as a filed [e.g. field] archeologist [e.g. archaeologist] could possibly be...

Telegram from MilRob, Washington, D.C. to Mrs. Max Farrand, 1650 Orlando Road, San Marino, California, June 9, 1938

File — Box: B: 2, Folder: 27Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, B:MB 1938.06.09
Scope and Contents:

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.