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 Adelaide Milton De Groot  (1876 - 1967)

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Adelaide Milton DeGroot (1876-1967)

1876: Adelaide was born on 21west 26rd Street, New York at the family home.  She attended private school.  Still a young girl, she took art lessons at the Art Students League.  She exhibited  at shows in the United States and there are paintings of hers at the Municipal Museum, Nice, France.

1891:  The family moved to Paris, France, and later rented a villa in Nice, France.
1893: Adelaide makes her formal debut at Villa Raudou 12 Rue Rossini.
1898: Her father, William DeGroot (1853-1898) died in Nice.  Adelaide's mother was Elizabeth King Hawley DeGroot and she was born in Stanford, Connecticut August 8, 1833, and she died in Nice on January 5, 1926.  Elizabeth gives birth to daughter, Terasina, and Adelaide is often seen photographed with the girl.
Adelaide remained in Nice after her mother died.  Adelaide's elder sister is now Countess Elizabeth Caravadossi d'Aspremonte and she lives in a castle, La Tour, in the Baumettes section of Nice.  The Count is a diplomat and they entertain a constant flow of friends and relatives.
1909: Adelaide is photographed by Frank Seymour Hastings (1853-1924). His cousin is the famous architect, Thomas Hastings.
1912:Adelaide and Terasina celebrate her first communion on May 8, 1912
1915-18: Adelaide, her half sister, Mary Nesbitt DeGroot and Terasina join the war effort and nurse wounded soldiers at the American Colony Hospital, Nice
1917: Terasina died of unexplained causes.
1919: Adelaide is photographed by Count Broel Plater.
1922: Adelaide attends ball in costume.
1926: Adelaide leaves Nice after La Tour is converted to apartments and moves to Paris. She lives in a hotel in the Marais, and studies art in all the galleries.  She takes a brown bag lunch to meet all the owners.
1928: Adelaide buys Poplars, Eragny by Camille Pissarro. She buys View of Marly-Le-Roi from Coeur-Volant by Alfred Sisley.
1929: Important architect and relative, Thomas Hastings died ( 1860-1929).
1931: Adelaide has now lived in Europe for 40 years.
1932: Adelaide has joined the DAR, Benjamin Franklin Chapter, and they visit President Le Brun at  the Elysee Palace.
1933: Adelaide leaves Paris after 6 years and returns to New York.  She lives in a hotel located at 100 West 58th Street.
1936: Adelaide begins to start her art collection, and she buys The Gardner by Seurat .

In 1967, she bequeathed her vast art collection to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.  The museum sold fifty of the paintings and the proceeds were applied to the museum's capital funds.  Controversy arose about the sales and the quality of the art collection however it was argued by some that the sale was not according to the terms of the will.

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