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FILE — Box: B: 2, Folder: 26 Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, B:BF undated

Partial letter by Beatrix Farrand, approximately 1938

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 Elisina."

Beatrix asks Mildred if she can find out discreetly from Royall Tyler what Elisina means to do with the valuable Cezanne which was in the St. Brice library. "She told me she meant to keep it for herself as it was a picture too well known to sell without paying heavy taxes on it."


  • approximately 1938


Language of Materials

Materials chiefly in English with a few items in Greek, Latin, French, Italian, or Spanish.

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23 boxes (approximately 2632 items including correspondence, expense reports, invoices, estimates, deposit records, book lists, newspaper clippings, newsletters, and plant lists.)

Repository Details

Part of the Dumbarton Oaks Repository

Dumbarton Oaks holds archival collections in its Rare Book Collection, Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives, and the Dumbarton Oaks Archives. The collections include: the papers of noteworthy scholars in the three fields that Dumbarton Oaks supports (Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, and Garden and Landscape); image collections depicting objects or sites of topical interest to scholars in the three fields; Beatrix Farrand’s personal archive of letters and original drawings that document the development of the Dumbarton Oaks Garden; and institutional records and architectural plans and drawings documenting the history of Dumbarton Oaks. For more information about hours and to make an appointment to consult any of the collections listed here, please fill out the request form:

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