Courts Refuse to Give up Gellatly Works

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The numerous appeals of Charlyne Whitely Plummer, John Gellatly's widow, for the return of a part of the Gellatly collection are unsuccessful. The courts decide that the entire collection was intended for the Smithsonian Institution by Gellatly, and that Plummer has no legal right to the works.


  • Gellatly, John 1853-1931
  • National Collection of Fine Arts)
  • National Gallery of Art of the Smithsonian)


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Smithsonian Institution, Catalog of American and European Paintings in the Gellatly Collection (4th Edition), Baltimore, MD: The Lord Baltimore Press, 1954, p. 5.

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May 5, 1947


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