Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Lilly, E. mss., 1940, consist of correspondence, photographs, and printed materials relating to Eli Lilly's acquisition of a Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington. The portrait was purchased by Mr. Lilly in 1940; the correspondence is chiefly with E.J. Rousuck of Newhouse Galleries in New York, who handled the sale of the portrait and provided Mr. Lilly with documents of authentication for it. Among the latter is the presentation letter from John Jacob Astor to his granddaughter, Louisa Langdon (later Mrs. Delancey Kane), dated August 1840.

The printed materials include newspaper clippings about the portrait, about Mr. Lilly's acquisition of it, and about it's public display in Indianapolis, as well as two exhibition catalogs in which the portrait is reproduced.

Articles about the Eli Lilly Home in Indianapolis, a photograph of one interior room of the house, an article about Eli Lilly, and a glass plate copy of a map of Indiana complete the collection.

Collection size: 38 items

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