Artistic Line of the Rosemond Sisters

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gallery22It is extremely rare that two women who bare the name Rosamond and Rosemond on their birth certificate would become big players in the Art World, along with family members. Christine Rosamond Benton, and Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, are distant cousins who share the same great grandfather, James Rosamond.

What is profound two Rosemond sisters married Liz’s grandfather, and uncle, both who were famous art dealers. Liz’s uncle, Francis Marion Taylor, married Elizabeth Mary Rosemond. Francis had a gallery in the Elysee Chateau, where many Hollywood Stars resided, and later in the Beverley Hills Hotel, where Marilyn Monroe lived. Howard had a gallery in the Pierre Hotel in New York, and was a good friend of President Dwight Eisenhower.

Christine Rosamond Benton had two galleries in Carmel, and was a partner with an advisor for the Getty family who were friends of the artist, Garth Benton, the cousin of the artist, Thomas Hart Benton. Garth is the daughter of my artistic niece, Drew Benton. Jessie and Susan Benton, had salons in San Francisco and Paris. We are looking at a Artistic Dynasty.

Also of interest, there is a Francis Marion Rosamond who was named after Francis Marion, the ‘Swamp Fox’.

“My grandfather’s cousin, Leonard “Lenn” Duckworth married Jessie N. Rosemond, daughter of Morton M. Rosemond aka Moses Rosemond and Martha Lakes/Lokes, on 28 Dec 1891 in Sangamon Co., IL. Jessie’s siblings were Elizabeth M. Rosemond b. abt 1868, who married Frank Taylor 27 Feb 1890 in Sangamon Co., Frank Rosemond b. abt 1873, OH, and Mabel Rosemond, b. abt. 1878, who married S. Howard Young 13 Nov 1900 in Sangamon Co.” –Emily Moore

Christine and Elizabeth can trace their roots to the Ozark Mountains in Missouri where my grandfather, Frank Wesley Rosamond lived, and where he wrote several novels, short stories, and poems that appeared in Otto Rayburn’s magazine ‘Arcadian Life’. Royal Reuben Rosamond (Frank’s pen name) founded his own publishing company, Gem Publishing. In 1997 I founded Royal Rosamond Press Co. that is listed in Lane County Oregon as a publishing company. I am the President of my own newspaper.

“Mr. and Mrs. Sam S. Warmbrodt had moved by this time to the Ozark re­gions of Missouri because of his health.”

Elizabeth Taylor’s father owned several galleries. Elizabeth Mary Rosemond Taylor’s sister, Mabel Rosemond, married Howard Young, a art dealer who purchased European Art for American Oil Tycoons he often played poker with.

The four Rosamond sisters were child models. Rosemary and Lillian dated the actor, Errol Flynn.

Mrs. E. M. Taylor’s sister (Mabel Rosemond) had married Howard Young, a famous artist who had galleries in St. Louis, then New York, and London.

The war was devastating Europe in 1939 and found Francis and Sara Southern Taylor, both American nationals, running an art gallery in England for Francis’ multi­millionaire uncle, Howard Young, a well-known dealer with an important gallery in New York. To avoid the growing conflict, Francis Taylor sent his wife and two children home to America while he remained behind to close out his uncle’s business. They visited briefly in Arkansas City before going to Pacific Pali­sades, near Hollywood where the Warmbrodt family was then living. In a few weeks Howard joined his family and opened his own art gallery in Los Angel­es.”

Christine Rosamond Presco was discovered and promoted by Ira Cohen, of Ira Roberts Art Gallery on Lacienaga in Los Angeles. Christine married Garth Benton, the cousin of the famous artist, Thomas Hart Benton, and in 1986 she became partners with Lawrence Chazen in the Crossroads Arty Gallery in Carmel. This was the first Rosamond gallery. Chazen was a financial advisor of J.Paul Getty, and was a partner in the Plump/Jack resturant chain, along with the Nancy Pelosi family, and ex-mayor of San Francsico, Gavin Newsom. The Getty family amassed one of the largest art collections in the world. The Getty Museum overlooks the City of Angels. Garth Benton and my niece, Shannon Benton Sidel rendered the beautiful murals found in the Getty Villa. Chazen is a CEO of Noble Oil who will restart the drilling for black gold in the Gulf.

I would like to establish the New Rosamond Gallery in Portland ‘The Rose City’, or in Santa Barbara. I have founded a new blog where I will tap artists to show their work online.

Is it by chance that Christine Rosamond Benton, and Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor have two men in their immediate branch with the name FRANCIS MARION and MARION FRANCIS? Were these men named after Francis Marion ‘The Swamp Fox’ who Mel Gibson played in the movie ‘The Patriot’? My great grandfather, James Rosamond, and his brother, Samuel Rosamond, fought the British in South Carolina. Did they encounter the despicable Tarleton seen in the images above?
“Colonel Banastre Tarleton was sent to capture or kill Marion in November 1780; he despaired of finding the “old swamp fox”, who eluded him by travelling along swamp paths.”
Surely those who are keen on establishing Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor’s place in history, would want to connect her to this patriotic History – and the history of the Knight Templars named Rougemont who I have shown owned the greatest object of art of all time – the Shroud of Turin!
It’s too bad no member of my family is interested in this history. I must conclude it suits them to title me “mad” so they can be seen as winners in those little tedious power games they play. They are jealous to see that I am the Swan Knight who with sword and quill – have made my way through the brambles and thorns to awaken the Sleeping Beauty Princess, Rosamond!
This is the stuff legends are made of – and movies!
Jon Presco
Copyright 2012
iv.MABLE ROSEMOND, m. HOWARD YOUNG.
v.W F ROSEMOND.
Generation No. 2
2. ELIZABETH MARY12 ROSEMOND (MOSES MORTON11, PHILIP10, WILLIAM9, JAMES8,
UNKNOWN7, JAMES “JACOB?”6, HANS ULRICH5, HANS4, FRED3, HANS2, ERHART1 DE
ROUGEMONT)9,10 was born Jun 1869 in Guernsey County, Ohio, and died 1937 in
Arkansas City, Cowley County, Kansas. She married FRANCIS MARION TAYLOR
Abt. 1895, son of PETER TAYLOR and MARGARET PERIGO. He was born Abt. 1860
in California, and died 1946.
More About FRANCIS TAYLOR and ELIZABETH ROSEMOND:
Marriage: Abt. 1895
Children of ELIZABETH ROSEMOND and FRANCIS TAYLOR are:
3.i.FRANCES LYNN13 TAYLOR, b. 28 Dec 1897, Springfield, Sangamon
County, Illinois; d. 20 Nov 1968, Los Angeles County, California.
SARAH JANE (SALINER) HODGES (THOMAS H.3, JAMES L.2, WILLIAM1) was born Abt. 1846 in Choctaw County, Mississippi, and died Abt. 1884 in Montgomery County, Mississippi. She married MARION FRANCIS “FRANK” ROSAMOND Abt. 1865 in Mississippi, son of BENJAMIN ROSAMOND and JANE ROGERS. He was born September 13, 1848 in Carroll County, Mississippi, and died July 13, 1935 in Lovelady, Texas.
Francis Marion (c. 1732 – February 27, 1795[1]) was a military officer who served in the American Revolutionary War. Acting with Continental Army and South Carolina militia commissions, he was a persistent adversary of the British in their occupation of South Carolina in 1780 and 1781, even after the Continental Army was driven out of the state in the Battle of Camden.

“My grandfather’s cousin, Leonard “Lenn” Duckworth married Jessie N. Rosemond, daughter of Morton M. Rosemond aka Moses Rosemond and Martha Lakes/Lokes, on 28 Dec 1891 in Sangamon Co., IL. Jessie’s siblings were Elizabeth M. Rosemond b. abt 1868, who married Frank Taylor 27 Feb 1890 in Sangamon Co., Frank Rosemond b. abt 1873, OH, and Mabel Rosemond, b. abt. 1878, who married S. Howard Young 13 Nov 1900 in Sangamon Co.” –Emily Moore
Sources:
1) Rosemond Family files of Emily Moore, EAllynM_AT_aol.com, 3 Oct 2007
Father: Capt. Morton M. “Moses” (Civil War, 172nd OH) Rosemond b: JUN 1843 in Ohio
Mother: Martha E. “Mattie” Lakes or Lokes b: 1847 in Ohio
Marriage 1 S. Howard Young
• Married: 13 NOV 1900 in Sangamon Co., IL
• Change Date: 3 OCT 2007
• Note: 18:36
• Name: Capt. Morton M. “Moses” (Civil War, 172nd OH) Rosemond
• Sex: M
• Birth: JUN 1843 in Ohio
• Death: AFT 1900 in Of Cuyahoga Falls, Summit Co., OH
• Occupation: Butcher, 1870
• Occupation: Real Estate Agent, 1900
• Note:
aka Rosemand
GREAT GRANDFATHER OF ACTRESS ELIZABETH TAYLOR
CIVIL WAR VETERAN, CAPTAIN, CO. D, 172ND OHIO INFANTRY (NATIONAL GUARD); CO. H, 185TH OHIO INFANTRY
He appears as “Moses M. Roseman” in the 1850 census and “Moses Rosemand” in the 1870 census.
Moses was divorced and living with his brother John in 1900. His father was born in Ireland, his mother in Ohio.
FROM AMERICAN CIVIL WAR SOLDIERS
Enlisted as a Corporal on 27 April 1864 at the age of 21
Enlisted in Company D, 172nd Infantry Regiment Ohio on 01 May 1864.
Mustered out Company D, 172nd Infantry Regiment Ohio on 03 September 1864 in Gallipolis, OH
• Name: Martha E. “Mattie” Lakes or Lokes
• Sex: F
• Birth: 1847 in Ohio
• Death: AFT 1870 in Of Oxford, Guernsey Co., OH
• Note:

My grandfather sometimes applied his initials to his craft R.R.R.

Rosamond, Rosemond, and, Rosamond.

John Gregory Presco

President: Royal Rosamond Press Co.

Copyright 2012

ELIZABETH TAYLOR STORY.

Peter Taylor was born in Warrick County, Indi­ana, and married Margaret Jane Perigo, who also was born in Warrick County, Indiana. They had one son, Francis Marian Taylor.

Francis Marian Taylor was born May 10, 1841 and died Sep­tember 21, 1920, and was buried in Riverview Cemetery in Arkan­sas City (there was no obituary in the paper.) We have no record of who he married and when she died. He had one son Francis Mari­an Taylor, Jr.

Francis Marian Taylor, Jr. was born July 3, 1860 in Boonville, Indi­ana. He mar­ried Elizabeth Myr­tle Rosemond (born June 10, 1871 at Fairview, Ohio) on February 27, 1890, in Springfield, Illi­nois. They had two sons, John A. Taylor and Fran­cis L. Taylor. They moved to Arkansas City in 1910. They attended the Pres­byterian church.

He first worked for Newman’s Dry Goods and later opened his own depart­ment store at 300 South Summit. The Taylor family built (a brick home at 310 North A street) and lived in a rural-type envi­ronment common to the times: a stable to the rear of the lot which housed a milk cow, a horse for driving, pigs for butch­ering and hens. The privy stood near the alley. Water was obtained from the cistern or well. The bal­ance of the space was planted to garden.

Sam Warmbrodt had moved to Arkansas City and was the manager of the Empire Steam Laun­dry for Charles N. Hunt. It stood next door north of the Gladstone (Elmo) Hotel. He married (in Arkansas City) on April 27, 1887, Miss (Anna ? or Elizabeth?) Southern. This cou­ple became parents of a son, Wilson, and a daughter, Sara Viola Warmbrodt (born August 21, 1896.) Their home was at 200 North Summit.

Sara Warmbrodt grew up in Arkansas City. She began, at the age of 10, to recite “pieces” at church socials and such like functions. She attended the local schools but did not graduate from High School. After playing the role of Amy in the play Lit­tle Women in an Arkansas City pre­sentation, Sara Warmbrodt decided to become an actress. She made her first mov­ie, called “Won from the Flames”, in Arkansas City when a company filming on location used local talent. She said “I played the leading lady part in the thriller, without any makeup.”

Sara was in the Arkansas City High School Sophomore class in 1914. She and Francis Taylor were pictured side by side in that class picture.

Sara prevailed upon her parents to let her continue high school at the Georgia Brown High School in Kansas City so she could study dramatics. She also took a course at the “Horner-Redpath” school in Kansas City preparatory to entering the Chautauqua Circuit that fall. Dorothy Mortimer, on the Orpheum circuit, lost one of her play­ers in Kansas City and needed a girl in her act. So she came to see Sara’s high school class doing a Japa­nese playlet. She came back stage to see Sara, afterwards, and told the young player that she thought she had a future. She also offered to intro­duce her to that future right off, and she did. Sara played the whole week with her, and then wrote to a New York agent, who finally communicated with Miss South­ern, telling her he would give her a chance.

The New York agent sent Sara to Sioux City, where she was hired by Morgan Wallace’s Prin­cess Theatre stock company. While in Sioux City she played both ingenue and leading roles through a period of seventy-four weeks. She had her legal name changed to Sara Southern.

She left Sioux City to go on the stage in New York. Sara said, “ I did come to New York once, but it was in the midst of the actors’ strike, when everything con­nected with the theatre was so forbidding I swiftly left this great city.”

She ac­cepted a stock engagement in Haverhill, Massachusetts, from which she went to another in Winnipeg, Cana­da.

Sara Southern left Winnipeg to go to Tom Wilke’s reperto­ry company in Los Angeles, California. For two years she performed with them at the Majestic theatre. In March of 1921, she was appearing at the Palace theatre, in Los Angeles, in the play “The Spoiled Girl.”

Mr. and Mrs. Sam S. Warmbrodt had moved by this time to the Ozark re­gions of Missouri because of his health.

In the summer of 1922, the Selwyn brothers bought Channing Pollock’s new play “The Fool.” They decided to try it out in Los Angeles. They used the Wilke’s reportory company and the Majestic theatre. Sara Southern starred as the lame girl “Mary Margaret,” whose faith makes her whole.

The first night that Channing Pollock saw Miss Southern’s characterization of Mary Margaret in Los Angeles, he wired Arch Selwyn that nothing must prevent the Selwyns from securing her for the play when it opened in New York.

“The Fool” opened at the Times Square Theater on Broadway October 23, 1922, with Sara Southern in the starring role. The play had a long run of 272 perfor­mances before closing.

She continued working as an ac­tress, both in the United States and Europe. While performing in London, England, in 1926, she re-met her Arkansas City childhood sweetheart, Fran­cis Taylor Jr. They were married there the same year.

Sara Southern returned to Arkansas City to be the maid of honor at the marriage of Dorothy Ralston to Harry Howard. They were close friends and kept in close touch for many years.

Mrs. E. M. Taylor’s sister (Mabel Rosemond) had married Howard Young, a famous artist who had galleries in St. Louis, then New York, and London and Paris.

Mrs. E. M. Taylor died December 11, 1936, and was buried at Riverv­iew Cemetery in Ar­kansas City. In 1936 Francis Jr. and family had resid­ed in London, England, for over ten years, where he was buy­ing art for his uncle, Howard Young, as well as estab­lishing his own gallery on Old Bond Street. Francis’ brother John was living in New York and work­ing as a salesman for Howard Youn­g’s firm. Francis Taylor Sr. contin­ued to live in Ar­kansas City until 1944 when he moved to the Kansas Masonic Home in Wich­ita, where he died November 9, 1946. He was buried in River­view Cemetery next to his wife. Both of the Taylor sons were living in Cali­for­nia at the time.

Francis Taylor Jr. left high school (about the age of 16) without graduating and went to work for his uncle, Howard Young, in St. Louis. When the gallery expanded to New York, he also moved there. He later went with his uncle to London to man­age Howard Young’s art gal­lery.

It was there, while Sara was appearing on stage, that they re-established their friendship. He mar­ried Sara Southern–daughter of Sam Warmbrod­t–in 1926 in Eng­land. They lived in England after their marriage where they had two chil­dren, Howard Francis (born in 1929), and Elizabeth Rosemond (born February 27, 1932). They came to Arkan­sas City in the fall of 1936, during the illness and death of Mr. Taylor’s mother and stayed until the first of the year, when they returned to London. Howard was enrolled in Roose­velt School, while Elizab­eth was too young for school but might have attended kindergarden.

The children’s “Nanny” came with the family to tend to the care of Howard and Elizabeth. Lucille Wright was Howard’s teacher at Roosevelt grade school when he attended there. It has never been firmly es­tablished that Elizabeth attended school here, but some feel that she went to kindergarden for a short time.

The war was devastating Europe in 1939 and found Francis and Sara Southern Taylor, both American nationals, running an art gallery in England for Francis’ multi­millionaire uncle, Howard Young, a well-known dealer with an important gallery in New York. To avoid the growing conflict, Francis Taylor sent his wife and two children home to America while he remained behind to close out his uncle’s business. They visited briefly in Arkansas City before going to Pacific Pali­sades, near Hollywood where the Warmbrodt family was then living. In a few weeks Howard joined his family and opened his own art gallery in Los Angel­es.

Sara immediately identified with the glamour and excitement of the movie industry. Sara was a di­min­utive woman who spoke with honey-dripping sweetness, calling her husband “Daddy,” her daughter “my angel,” and her son “my sweet lambie pie.” Everybody else was simply “my dear.”

Through Sara’s efforts, Elizabeth was in four small parts in movies before she played Velvet Brown in “National Velvet” in 1944 and became a star while only twelve years old. Elizabeth Rosemont Taylor had achieved star status.

A Traveler article of July 1, 1971 states “Sources contacted say that, at one time, Elwin Hunt wrote an article for the Arkansas City Daily news that was not very complimentary of Sara. By then, she had become quite a tempermental person because of her fame as an actress and as the mother of Elizabeth Taylor, child star. Therefore, she announced that she would never acknowledge the town or its people again.”

In 1946, while Elizabeth Taylor was making Life with Father, Sara fell in love with Michael Curtiz, who was directing the film. That brief affair ruptured the Taylor’s marriage for a time. Francis left with his son for Wisconsin to stay with his uncle, Howard Young. Elizabeth remained in Hollywood with her mother. The family reunited in January 1947.

Francis Taylor closed his art gallery in Cali­fornia in February, 1957, and went into retirement. He died in 1968, of a stroke, and was buried in Califor­nia.

Sara Taylor was living in Palm Springs in 1988.

Elizabeth Taylor has married eight times as follows:

Conrad (Nicky) Hilton 05/06/1950 – 01/29/1951

Michael Wilding 02/21/1952 – 01/23/1957

Michael Todd ??/??/1957 – 03/22/1958

Eddie Fisher 05/12/1959 – 1964

Richard Burton 05/15/1964 – 1974

Richard Burton 10/10/1975 – 1976

John W. Warner 12/04/1976 – 1982

Larry Fortensky 10/06/1991 –

Elizabeth Taylor is the mother of four children: Michael Wilding, Jr., born Jan 6, 1953; Christopher, born in 1955; Liza Todd, born in 1957; and she adopted Maria Burton Carson in 1961. Elizabeth became a grand­mother in 1971, at the age of 39, and has several grand-chil­dren.

The Wichita Eagle of December 9, 1990, stated Elizabeth Taylor tried (unsuccessfully) to sell a Van Gogh painting. She had bought this painting through her father, Francis Taylor Jr., while he was an art dealer.

Elizabeth Taylor, who died Wednesday at age 79 after weeks in the hospital with congestive heart failure, had a youthful fling with Wisconsin summers.
As a teen, Taylor spent several summers in Minocqua, visiting her uncle Howard Young, an art dealer who had a home on Lake Minocqua.
“Her uncle had a summer home here, and when he died he gave a huge amount of money to start the Howard Young Medical Center and Taylor came here for the opening,” said Ray Rivard, news editor at the Lakeland Times Minocqua.
At the invitation of Joyce Laabs, now features editor for the Lakeland Times, Taylor came to Minocqua to attend the medical center’s opening on June 20, 1977.
“Elizabeth was wonderful. The citizens of Minocqua went nuts for her. If she put down her glass or a cigarette butt, they snatched it up,” Laabs recalled Wednesday.
Laabs remembered Taylor for her kindness to Minocqua residents.
“She said to me, ‘What should I wear?’ and I said: ‘Your biggest diamonds.’ And she did.”
Taylor also made a memorable visit to the home of a big fan – a Minocqua woman who was a double amputee.
“We went over to the house, and Elizabeth gave a performance worthy of the Academy Awards,” Laabs said. “She talked to the woman about her own ailments and told her: ‘Hang in there.’ ”
Taylor didn’t feel too grand to sample the up north bar scene.
“I took her to a bar in Hazelhurst, and it was a tradition to throw a dollar on the ceiling and make it stick, and Elizabeth did it,” Laabs said.

Francis Taylor (December 28, 1897 – November 20, 1968) was an American art dealer and father of the actress Elizabeth Taylor.
He was born Francis Lenn Taylor in Springfield, Illinois, the son of Francis Marion Taylor (1860–1946) and Elizabeth Mary Rosemond (1869–1937). The family later moved to Arkansas City, Kansas.
Francis began dealing in art in New York City for a wealthy in-law, Howard Young.[citation needed]
Taylor married stage actress Sara Sothern (whose real name was Sara Viola Warmbrodt and was also from Arkansas City) in 1926 in New York.[citation needed] They were the parents of Howard Taylor (born 1929) and Elizabeth Taylor (1932–2011), who became a famous movie actress.
Within a few years of his marriage, Taylor was transferred to Young’s art gallery in London, England, where he and Sara lived several years, and where their children were born. At the outbreak of Britain’s involvement in World War II, they returned to the United States.
Taylor later ran an art gallery in Beverly Hills, California.[citation needed]
He died at age 70 in Los Angeles, California. He is interred beside his widow in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, Westwood, California.[1]

Dame Elizabeth’s “love affair with jewelry” has often overshadowed her equally magnificent collection of Impressionist art. Incredibly rare paintings by Picasso, Utrillo, Degas, Rouault, Monet, Pissaro, Renoir, Mary Cassatt, Modigliani, Vlaminck, van Gogh, Frans Hals, Matisse, Cézanne, Cassatt, Rembrandt, Erté and Frans Hals have all hung on the walls of Dame Elizabeth’s grand homes, on land or at sea.

Elizabeth grew up with an understanding and appreciation for fine art. Her father, Francis Taylor, was an art dealer with a gallery located at 35 Old Bond Street in London. He learned the business under the tutelage of his uncle, Howard Young. After relocating with his family to sunny California during the war, Francis opened an art gallery at the Château Elysée, but quickly relocated it to the more impressive Beverly Hills Hotel. It was at that location that such celebrities as Howard Duff, Vincent Price, James Mason, Alan Ladd, Hedda Hopper, and Greta Garbo could be found selecting art for their own collections. Francis Taylor was also a trendsetter; responsible for the popularity of Augustus John in the United States. Francis, who had a keen eye, asked John if he could buy some of the paintings John had discarded. John felt they weren’t good enough to sell, and gave them to Francis free of charge. They were sold back at the art gallery in the States, where Augustus John paintings would be sold exclusively for many years. Francis would soon find an art connoisseur in his daughter, Elizabeth, who would amass one of the great private collections of Impressionist art in America.

One of her first big pieces was one by Frans Hals, given to by Francis on the occasion of her marriage to Nicky Hilton. Elizabeth owns several other Hals, including “Portrait of a Man”.

Elizabeth’s collection of art, like her collection of jewelry, grew during her brief but passionate marriage to the great Mike Todd. During this time, Todd, who was also an art connoisseur, purchased painting by Degas, Utrillo, and Vuillar from the collection of Aly Khan for a reported cost of $71,428. “They’ll think I’m crazy when they hear about this in Hollywood,” Todd joked. “Paying that much for pictures that don’t even move.” Once, while Elizabeth was hospitalized, Todd decorated the walls of her sterile hospital room with paintings by Renoir, Pissarro, and Monet (Todd even unintentionally punctured the Van Gogh with a pencil, but Elizabeth’s uncle, Howard Young, was able to mend it). “He knew how much I loved paintings. He loved paintings, too, but instead of buying himself the paintings, he’d buy them for me,” Elizabeth remembered. The Todds were generous with their collection; even loaning pieces to the Los Angeles County Art Museum.

Elizabeth continued to collect valuable art during her marriage to Richard Burton, and they together acquired many fabulous paintings. Bidding on behalf of his daughter, Francis Taylor purchased Vincent van Gogh’s “Lunatic Asylum, St. Remy” at Sotheby’s (and as a belated birthday present, Francis Taylor purchased for Elizabeth a Utrillo at the same auction). The painting, which was being sold from the collection of Alfred Woolf, was auctioned for £92,000. She would later try (unsuccessfully) to part with the painting for $20 million.

Elizabeth once described her home as “such a cozy, sweet place with bits and pieces around—bits and pieces of Renoir—and, you know, things that make it homey.” All joking aside, like the joy her famous collection of jewelry has brought her, Elizabeth’s paintings serve as memories of incredible times from a bygone era, and the loved ones she shared them with.

Paintings by greats such as Vincent van Gogh and Camille Pissarro from the art collection of late Hollywood star Elizabeth Taylor are to be sold at auction.
A total of 38 artworks are to come under the hammer at the sale next month at Christie’s in London.
They include a Van Gogh, which dates back to 1889 and is expected to fetch up to £7m. The painting, Vue de l’Asile de la Chapelle de Saint-Rémy, was completed the year before his death and will go on public display prior to the auction. It was acquired by Taylor in 1963.
Also included is Pissarro’s Pommiers d’Eragny, which is estimated to go for up to £1.2m.
The items, due to be auctioned on 7 and 8 February, are being sold as the second batch of works the Taylor’s collection, with 1,778 lots having already been sold in New York in December.
Other leading works from her collection include a self-portrait by Edgar Degas which should fetch up to £450,000, while an oil painting by Pierre-Auguste Renoir is valued at up to £250,000.The bulk of the artworks is made up of sketches and paintings by Augustus John.
The works will be spread across three important Impressionist and Modern sales. Also in the catalogue for the sales are a key Cubist work by Juan Gris which could go for up to £18m.
Christie’s is also holding an Art of the Surreal sale early next month which will feature an important “painting-poem”, expected to go for up to £9m.
Giovanna Bertazzoni, the Christie’s international specialist head of Impressionist and Modern Art, said: “Elizabeth Taylor was as passionate about buying art as she was jewels.
“Advised by her father, Francis Taylor, who was a very successful art dealer, she bought extensively in the 1960s, concentrating on the names of the Zeitgeist – Van Gogh, Degas, Renoir, Utrillo, Rouault.
“She was careful to purchase pieces that were as eye-catching as the marvellous Van Gogh, as well as more demanding and academic works such as the Degas self-portrait.”
Taylor’s father had a gallery in Old Bond Street, London, but they left the city at the start of the second world war, transferring the business to California.
Greta Garbo and Vincent Price were among his customers when he set up in the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Here are some of the works acquired on behalf of Elizabeth Taylor by her father Francis Taylor during his buying trips which are scheduled to be auctioned by Christies February 7 and 8:
“Vue de l’asile et de la Chapelle de Saint-Rémy” by Vincent Van Gogh
“Pommiers à Éragny” by Camille Pissarro
“Eglise de Murato, Corsica” by Maurice Utrillo
“Le tabac” by Maurice de Vlaminck
“Barques aux grandes voiles sur le lac Léman à Meillerie en Haute-Savoie” by Albert Lebourg

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