The Elkins - Widener family from Philadelphia
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.
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. ...