Richard Mellon Scaife Bequeathed Collection to Two Pennsylvania Museums



The art collection of Richard Mellon Scaife, the Pennsylvania-based billionaire who died on July 4 at 82, will be split between to the Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art in Chadds Ford and the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, according to Sciafe’s will.

The collection, the Daily Local News wrote, is “said to be fairly extensive, and contains many examples of 19th- and 20th-century American landscape artists, which he is said to have particularly appreciated over more modern and European painters and sculptors, although it does include some examples of those schools.”

Brandywine will receive the lions share of the donation, receiving in addition to nearly half the collection, “a 900-acre Western Pennsylvania estate, and $15 million,” according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Sciafe was the owner and publisher of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, as well as a supporter of The American Spectator, among other conservative causes. In his obituary, The Washington Post noted that Scaife “personally hired a freelance writer to try to establish that either President Clinton or then-first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton was instrumental in the death of Deputy White House Counsel Vincent W. Foster Jr. in 1993. Foster, a former law-firm partner of the first lady, was found dead from a gunshot wound to the mouth in Fort Marcy Park in Fairfax County.”

Thanks to Artforum for pointing us to the news of the donations.

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