Art: Flamboyant Patron

Officials at San Francisco's de Young Museum were happily sorting through their newest treasure trove—some 200 paintings, drawings and sculptures ranging from Boucher and Delacroix to Eakins and Andrew Wyeth. A museum director could hardly ask for a finer gift; moreover, the works, mainly from the 19th and 20th centuries, filled in a period where the de Young's own collection was weak. But museum officials were perhaps the least bit embarrassed too—about the personality of the donor. She happens to be the widow and custodian of the estate of T. Edward Hanley, the...

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