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Upperville in Fauquier County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Paul Mellon

(1907-1999)

 
 
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By Patricia Strat, August 11, 2019
1. Paul Mellon Marker
Inscription.  Paul Mellon, one of the foremost American philanthropists of the 20th century, lived nearby. An heir to the vast banking and industrial fortune left by his father, Andrew W. Mellon, he supported universities, civic improvement projects, conservation efforts, and fine-arts institutions. With his second wife, Rachel “Bunny” Lambert Mellon, he amassed a world-renowned art collection, donated more than 1,000 objects to the National Gallery of Art, and made substantial contributions to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Mellon achieved international success as a breeder of racehorses. In 1975, he donated land to Virginia for the creation of Sky Meadows State Park, about five miles west of here.
 
Erected 2019 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number B 41.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsCharity & Public WorkEnvironmentParks & Recreational Areas.
 
Location. 38° 59.209′ N, 77° 50.585′ W. Marker is in Upperville, Virginia
Paul Mellon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Patricia Strat, August 11, 2019
2. Paul Mellon Marker
, in Fauquier County. Marker is at the intersection of Rokeby Road (Virginia Route 623) and John Mosby Highway (U.S. 50), on the right when traveling south on Rokeby Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Upperville VA 20184, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rokeby Stables (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Attack at Goose Creek Bridge (approx. 1.2 miles away); Battle of Unison (approx. 1.6 miles away); Upperville (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Smith House (approx. 1.8 miles away); The Gibson House (approx. 2 miles away); Rector House (approx. 2 miles away); The Armistead House (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Upperville.
 
Also see . . .
1. Upperville historic markers honor the Mellon legacy. Photo of the marker unveiling ceremony and comments from the speakers. (Submitted on August 12, 2019, by Patricia Strat of Oakton, Virginia.) 

2. Creation of Sky Meadows State Park. In 1966, a housing development was planned for land near Upperville, but this scenic area was saved through the actions of Paul Mellon. Virginia State Parks received the 1,132 acre farm as a gift from Mr. Mellon in 1975. In 1991, Paul Mellon presented an additional 462 acres on the east side of Route 17 as a gift to the park. (Submitted on August 12, 2019, by Patricia Strat of Oakton, Virginia.) 
 
Additional keywords.
Paul Mellon and Rokeby Stables Markers image. Click for full size.
By Patricia Strat, August 11, 2019
3. Paul Mellon and Rokeby Stables Markers
"Carnegie Mellon University"
 
Plaque honoring Paul Mellon at Sky Meadows State Park image. Click for full size.
By Patricia Strat, February 11, 2017
4. Plaque honoring Paul Mellon at Sky Meadows State Park
Paul Mellon Gravesite image. Click for full size.
By Patricia Strat, May 21, 2018
5. Paul Mellon Gravesite
Trinity Episcopal Church Cemetery, Upperville, Virginia.
Paul Mellon image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 31, 2014
6. Paul Mellon
This portrait of Paul Mellon by William Franklin Draper hangs in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

"Son of the National Gallery's founder and the brother of Ailsa Mellon Bruce, Paul Mellon (1907-1999) became the first president of the Gallery's Board of Trustees in 1938-1939 following Andrew Mellon's death. Paul Mellon served again in this position from 1963 to 1978, and it was during this time that he oversaw the conception and construction of the East Building, for which he provided a major part of the funding. An avid horseman, Mellon developed an interest in English sporting pictures, which led him to build an extensive collection of British art in addition to American and French art. Donations to the Gallery from Mellon and his wife account more than 900 works of art ranging from masterpieces of European painting, a group of 357 scenes of American Indian life by George Catlin, and forty-eight wax statuettes of dancers and bathers by Edgar Degas -- the world's largest holding of such works.

William Franklin Draper, navy combat artist during World War II and later a successful portrait painter, animated his portrayal of Paul Mellon with rapid, slashing strokes of the brush." -- National Gallery of Art
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 21, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 11, 2019, by Patricia Strat of Oakton, Virginia. This page has been viewed 211 times since then and 17 times this year. Last updated on August 12, 2019, by Patricia Strat of Oakton, Virginia. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 12, 2019, by Patricia Strat of Oakton, Virginia.   6. submitted on December 20, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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