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Paul Mellon

Paul Mellon
Born (1907-06-11)June 11, 1907
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died February 1, 1999(1999-02-01) (aged 91)
Upperville, Virginia, U.S.
Occupation Businessman:
Corporate investor
Racehorse owner/breeder
Philanthropist
Spouse(s) 1) Mary Conover Brown (d. 1946)
2) Rachel Lambert Lloyd
Children Catherine, Timothy
Parent(s) Andrew W. Mellon &
Nora McMullen
Honors

US Military – Bronze Star Medal (WW II)
Order of the British Empire (K.B.E.) (1974)
National Medal of Arts (1985)
National Medal of Arts and Humanities (1997)
Thoroughbred horse racing honors:
Exemplar of Racing
Virginia Thoroughbred Association Hall of Fame (1988)
Eclipse Award for Outstanding Breeder
(1971, 1986)
Virginia Sports Hall of Fame (1999)
English Jockey Club Hall of Fame

Just as there is no substitute for original works of art, there is no substitute for the world of direct sensual experience.
Paul Mellon
It was my father's hope, and it is ours, that the National Gallery would become not a static but a living institution, growing in usefulness and importance to artists, scholars and the general public.
Paul Mellon
College isn't the only answer. Reading is a college that you can and should attend all your life.
Paul Mellon
Preliminary drawings or sketches in oil or pastel often have an immediacy and emotional appeal far greater than the final canvas.
Paul Mellon
Within 18 months of my parents' marriage in 1900, my mother fell in love with an Englishman who would have described himself as a gentleman but who was, in fact, nothing more than a devious adventurer.
Paul Mellon
There is no intellectual or emotional substitute for the authentic, the original, the unique masterpiece.
Paul Mellon
When you give away large sums of money, you can cause as much damage as you may do good.
Paul Mellon
Collecting is the sort of thing that creeps up on you.
In a way, my father was lucky. He had a hunch that his vision of the National Gallery would interest other collectors and persuade them to come in with him, and that hunch proved to be right.
Paul Mellon