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A Musical Portrait

Posted on 05/05/2015 by Judy Ross

Among the most eye-catching elements of the Oak Sitting Room are two John Singer Sargent portraits, each with a distinctly different feel. The demure woman in a silk gown is Mrs. Benjamin Kissam,...

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Uncovering a life—based on a coat

Posted on 04/05/2015 by Judy Ross Comments(2)

Recently, Biltmore’s Lenore Hardin, Associate Collections Manager, was cataloguing a servant’s livery coat from the Biltmore House collection when she discovered a label inside. It read,...

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The Lady in Red

Posted on 01/13/2015 Comments(2)

Rosita, by Spanish painter Ignacio Zuloaga (1870–1945), is one of the most eye-catching works in George Vanderbilt’s collection and represents his interest in Spanish art, which gained...

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Whistler and Vanderbilt: an artist and his patron

Posted on 11/20/2014 by Judy Ross

George Vanderbilt was a knowledgeable art collector, acquiring both the classics—like tapestries from the 1500s—and works from contemporary artists of his time such as Renoir. For...

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A very special birthday gift

Posted on 10/17/2014

Turning 21 is a milestone today--and it certainly was a significant birthday for George Vanderbilt thanks to a remarkable gift he received in November 1883 when he reached that age: a chess set...

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