The Sun King Ambitions of Dillon Ripley

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  • Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001
  • Hirshhorn, Joseph H
  • Johnson, Lyndon B (Lyndon Baines) 1908-1973
  • Smithson, James 1765-1829
  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden


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Originally published in Larry Van Dyne, "The Sun King Ambitions of Dillon Ripley," Washington Magazine, December 1979.

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


December 1979


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pp. 139-217

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