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Andrew W. Mellon Memorial Fountain
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Gallery Archives

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Otto R. Eggers. Approved scheme for the Andrew W. Mellon Memorial Fountain, 1948. graphite and colored pencil on tracing paper. Gift of Paul Mellon. National Gallery of Art, Gallery Archives.

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Otto Eggers at the Andrew W. Mellon Memorial Fountain, May 1952
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Andrew W. Mellon Memorial Fountain
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Left to right: Mrs. Oscar Chapman, Secretary of the Interior Oscar Chapman, Bunny Mellon, Paul Mellon and unidentified man seated in front at the Andrew W. Mellon Memorial Fountain dedication ceremony, May 9, 1952. Photograph by Abbie Rowe, National Park Service. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.

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Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Fred Vinson (right) with Paul Mellon at the Andrew W. Mellon Memorial Fountain dedication ceremony, May 9, 1952. Photograph by Abbie Rowe, National Park Service. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.

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Katy May, object conservator, analyzed the surface of the fountain in order to determine its metallic composition using a portable x-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrometer. The data revealed that the zodiac figures were cast from an alloy higher in copper than the surrounding bronze making up other (more functional) parts of the basins.

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Andrew W. Mellon (1855-1937) in his Washington, D.C. apartment in the late 1920s. A View on the High Road (1665) by Meindert Hobbema is over the mantel. Aelbert Cuyp’s Herdsmen Tending Cattle (c. 1650) is in the background. Courtesy of the National Gallery of Art, Washington

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Andrew W. Mellon Memorial Fountain Restored by National Gallery of Art in Honor of 75th Anniversary with Grant from Richard King Mellon Foundation

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