Looming Yankees: The Union Army Hovers Opposite Fredericksburg–Some Images and Incidents.

Belmont was constructed in the 1790s, nearly 126 years prior to the Melchers’ purchasing the Falmouth property in 1916. This is an excellent blog post written by National Park Service Historian John Hennessy that describes the devastation that took pla …

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Behind the Scenes: Detroit Public Library Mural Commission

Let me introduce myself.  My name is Madison Martin and I’m a senior majoring in Art History at the University of Mary Washington.  I am so pleased to be the new Curatorial Intern at Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont.  My first assignment was an …

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The Value of Gari Melchers’ Dollar

During tours, visitors often ask what Gari Melchers’ paintings sold for, or how much he earned for a portrait. We know some of these numbers from our archives and research, but they are described in prices from the early 20th century, which seem paltry …

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Where is Gari Melchers’ Art?

My name is Alexandra, and I am a senior at the University of Mary Washington majoring in Art History. I am spending my summer as an intern at Gari Melchers Home & Studio under Education and Communications Manager Michelle Crow-Dolby. I’m enjoying m …

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Help Us Find this Picture

  This is a black and white image of the smaller oil study Melchers painted, now lost. In response to my colleague’s “Painting a President” blog post, I thought it would be great to share this image in the hopes that someone out there might know w …

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Belmont’s Roses

Since my first days at Belmont in 1999, I have combed through our archives looking for clues to what the buildings, gardens, and grounds looked like when Gari and Corinne Melchers lived and worked here. It became apparent early on that roses played an …

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Busy Spring For Melchers Collectors

The art market is currently very lop-sided with prices and number of sales heavily favoring postwar and contemporary art, while the art of Gari Melchers era is actually below 2011 sales numbers. But this should favor the buyer in this sector, and colle …

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Painting a President

Gari Melchers’ Portrait of Theodore Roosevelt is a favorite among our guests. Roosevelt is the most notable public figure Melchers painted during his career, and this picture thus cemented his reputation as one of America’s premier portrait painters. I …

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Fannie Roots House

The Fannie Roots house holds many stories, and Belmont staff and volunteers have been working quietly for many years to be able to share the tales this house represents. The house is named after Fannie Roots, the last person to live in the house. You m …

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Belmont’s Beeping Egg Hunt

As I prepare for our 3rd Annual Beeping Egg Hunt on April 12, I pause to remember the strong ties that Gari, and especially Corinne Melchers, had with children’s Easter parties during their time here at Belmont. Several years ago, The Free Lance-Star r …

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