Museums: Topping Off the Bequest

When Andrew Mellon endowed Washington's National Gallery three decades ago, he provided $16 million for the building, plus paintings then valued at $50 million and a sustaining fund of $5,000,000. He laid down a firm condition: the gallery should not bear his name. In keeping with Mellon's magnanimity, his son and daughter, Paul Mellon and Ailsa Mellon Bruce, last week topped off his bequest with an additional $20 million.

The money will be used to construct an adjacent building, completed by 1972, which will house a center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts as well...

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