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Mrs. Edgar Bloom Stern (Edith Rosenwald)

1945 Malthe M. Hasselriis Born: Skive, Denmark 1888 Died: Gentofte, Denmark 1970 watercolor on ivory sight 3 1/2 x 2 3/4 in. (8.9 x 7.0 cm) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the American Society of Miniature Painters 1965.30.14 Not currently on view


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Edith Rosenwald Stern (1895-1980) was the third child of Julius Rosenwald (1862-1932), who became president of Sears, Roebuck and Co. in 1908 and piloted the company to unparalleled merchandising power. In 1921 she married Edgar Bloom Stern (1886-1959), a businessman and philanthropist from a prominent New Orleans family. They raised their family in New Orleans at Longue Vue House and Gardens, a Greek Revival--style mansion with extensive gardens. Edith Stern founded the Metairie Park Country Day School, was a trustee of the Julius Rosenwald Fund, which funded libraries in southern communities open to all races during the early 1930s, and served as president of the board of Dillard University.

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Portrait female - Stern, Edgar B., Mrs. - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor

ivory

About Malthe M. Hasselriis

Born: Skive, Denmark 1888 Died: Gentofte, Denmark 1970