The Corcoran

Last week my good friend Victoria Hinshaw (Of Number One London) was in town and together we visited the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

The Corcoran was founded in 1869 by William Wilson Corcoran. In 1897 it moved to its present location, a beautiful building designed in the Beaux-Arts style by Ernest Flagg.

It has these wonderful bronze lions in front.  The lions were purchased in 1888 from the estate of Bill Holliday, the founder of the Pony Express. They are copies of originals of Antonio Canova.
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The gallery had many noteworthy pieces of American Art, but they also had examples from English artists.

A Gainsborough
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A Reynolds
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A Raeburn
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There was also a beautiful room – The Salon Doré, an 18th century French room that was originally part of the home of the Count d’Orsay and his wife, Princess de Croÿ-Molenbais. The Princess died in childbirth and the Count fled to Germany before the French Revolution and died in poverty.
The room was donated to the Corcoran in 1926.
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The Corcoran will no longer exist as a privately endowed museum and art school. Because of financial problems, its art school and building will be taken over by GW University and its art will become part of the National Gallery of Art. I feel like I made my visit just in time!

How’s the weather your way? We’ve got snow AGAIN. In Virginia. In March. Unheard-of.

This Sunday my pal Sally MacKenzie returns for an interview and giveaway of Loving Lord Ash.

About diane

Diane Gaston is the RITA award-winning author of Historical Romance for Harlequin Historical and Mills and Boon, with books that feature the darker side of the Regency. Formerly a mental health social worker, she is happiest now when deep in the psyches of soldiers, rakes and women who don’t always act like ladies.
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5 Responses to The Corcoran

  1. Wish I could send some sunshine your way. I’m not ready to warm into summer already.

    • diane says:

      We’d love some sunshine – hot sunshine – enough to melt the snow!!! The snow is pretty, but I hate the cold.

  2. We had a wonderful visit…I a trying to track down more info on that Reynolds, but I can’t find ANYTHING. Amazing for such a renowned artist…not a single reference on the net! At least that I could find. Only that she was part of the extended family tree of Jane Austen’s family. Who knew?

  3. peg260 says:

    Love the pic.

  4. Elena Greene says:

    Thanks for sharing these images, Diane. Now putting the Corcoran on my “visit someday” list.

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