2007-11-08 / News

Art museum receives $500,000 gift

Adelaide Roberts has given $500,000 to the Newport Art Museum for the Francis Comstock Conservation Endowment in honor of her father, the late artist Francis Adams Comstock of Middletown.

A longtime friend of the Museum, Roberts started the endowment for the Museum's works on paper in the permanent collection several years ago when a series of drawings and lithographs by Francis Comstock were bequeathed to the Museum. Her latest gift to the endowment will help ensure the proper storage, care, and repair of these and other works.

"I hope this gift will inspire others to give to the preservation and collection of works on paper," said Roberts, who lives in Washington Depot, Conn.

To celebrate the gift to the endowment, an exhibition of Francis Adams Comstock works on paper will be installed on the second floor of the Griswold House, and will open to the public today, Nov. 8, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The work includes drawings of English manor houses and lithographs of farmhouses, many of which were also shown in the Museum's 1999 exhibit, "An Architect's Eye: The Artistic Vision of Francis Adams Comstock."

The Newport Art Museum is located at 76 Bellevue Ave., across from Touro Park. Admission is $6 adults, $5 seniors, $4 students and military with valid ID. Museum members and children under 5 are no charge. Admission is by donation on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Hours are daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.

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