Art: Young Melchers

Not to be confused with the National Academy of Design is the American Academy of Arts & Letters, an assemblage of unofficial Immortals who maintain a gallery and clubroom in Manhattan's frozen north, at No. 633 West 155th St. Four weeks ago the U. S. Immortals assembled to honor one of their most distinguished members, 72-year-old Gari Melchers. On the 50th anniversary of his first exhibited painting, "The Letter," shown in the Paris Salon of 1882, they held a dinner, presented him with a gold medal and turned over their gallery to a memorial...

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