Art: Out in the Open

The Georgian mansion had seen the day when 30 guests could be seated at the Sheraton banquet table, and when it took a staff of 14 to keep up the house and 18 in the garden. The owner was John S. Phipps, whose father had made a fortune with Andrew Carnegie, and who had built for himself in Old Westbury, L.I., a regal private park for quiet ponds and hemlock hedges. Last week the "guests" were the paying kind who had come to see one of the most delightful art exhibits of the summer.

A year ago the Phipps clan opened up...

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