A Classification of American Wealth
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Page entitled : Joseph Early Widener

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Of Peter A. B. Widener's death and will, his main heir Joseph Early Widener and grandson Peter II.

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Joseph Early Widener, whose fortune including his share in the Widener family trust, was estimated at $60 million by Bertie C. Forbes in 1918, proved to be a dutiful heir who administered the family estate with little imagination but considerably extended the Widener art collection, notably adding masterpieces from Rembrandt, Titian, Raphael, Gainsborough, Van Dyke and Millet. In 1939, he used the powers conferred him in his father’s will, to donate the entire Widener collection, then consisting of over 600 paintings, to the National Gallery of Art in Washington.  ...


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