Henry F. du Pont and Winterthur by Ruth Lord
A Daughter`s Portrait

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World renowned for its vast woodland gardens, its 175-room house, and its unrivaled collection of American decorative arts, Winterthur in Delaware is today among the most beloved museums in the United States. In its earlier days Winterthur was the family home where Ruth du Pont Lord grew up and where her father, Henry F. du Pont (1880-1969), envisioned and then brought to fruition his great museum of Americana. In this memoir, Ruth Lord engagingly describes the development of Henry F. du Pont from a shy, lonely child, a seemingly hopeless student, to a man who went on to achieve singular distinction in three disparate fields-as art connoisseur, horticulturist, and eminent cattle breeder. Based on her personal experience, and on extraordinary family archives, the author provides a behind-the-scenes view of the legendary lifestyle of the du Pont family, brings to life other family members, including her brilliant mother and her irrepressible aunt, Louise Crowninshield, and tells of her father's many additional activities, which culminated in his leadership role in Jacqueline Kennedy's White House restoration.
 

About Ruth Lord

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Lord is the younger daughter of Henry F. de Pont. She is a research affiliate of the Child Study Center, Yale University.
 
Published March 11, 1999 by Yale University Press. 322 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, History, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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