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Marjorie Phillips (1895-1985) was a painter and collector from Washington D.C.

Died June 16, 1985. Wife of Duncan Phillips. Social Security Death Index and the Phillips Collection website site her birth date as 1894.

From the description of Oral history interview with Marjorie Phillips, 1974 June 27 [sound recording]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 495596706

Marjorie Grant Acker (later Phillips) was born in Indiana on October 25, 1894 or 1895, to Alice Beal and Charles Ernest Acker. She grew up in New Jersey and New York. Marjorie had several relatives on her mother's side who were artists, including Gifford Beal, and she started to draw and paint while still a small child. Around 1917, Marjorie began studying at the Art Students League in New York City. In 1921, Marjorie attended a party in New York where she met Duncan Phillips, the founder of the Phillips Memorial Gallery.

Duncan Phillips was born in Pittsburgh in 1886, the son of Eliza Irwin Laughlin and Major Duncan Clinch Phillips; in 1896, the family moved to Washington, D.C. After the deaths of his father and his brother James, the younger Duncan and his mother decided to open two rooms in their home on 21st Street as the Phillips Memorial Gallery. Duncan and Marjorie married in 1921, and she moved into the Phillips home in Washington, D.C., living with his mother and the Memorial Gallery (today known as the Phillips Collection). After marriage, Marjorie continued to paint and became associate director of her husband's museum. With him, she enjoyed traveling and collecting art. After Duncan's death in 1966, she became the museum's director, retiring from that position in 1972. In 1930, the Phillips family moved into a new home on Foxhall Road in Washington. They called the new house "Dunmarlin," a combination of their names, plus that of their children Mary Marjorie and Laughlin. They also had a summer home in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania. Marjorie Acker Phillips died on June 19, 1985.

From the description of Collection, 1897-1984. (Winterthur Library). WorldCat record id: 261233298

Painter, collector; Washington D.C.

Died June 16, 1985. Wife of Duncan Phillips.

From the description of Marjorie Phillips interviews, 1974 June 27. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 220189679

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Dix, George. George Dix papers, 1946-1992. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Phillips Collection. The Phillips Collection records, 1920-1960. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf John Herron Art Institute. Wilbur D. Peat correspondence, 1929-1936. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Phillips, Marjorie, 1895-1985,. Oral history interview with Marjorie Phillips, 1974 June 27 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Phillips, Marjorie : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf Phillips Collection. Correspondence with Carl Zigrosser, 1920-1938. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Papers, 1939-1984 Harvard Art Museum Archives, Harvard University
referencedIn Century Company records, 1870-1924 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Papers, 1903-2005 Harvard Art Museum Archives, Harvard University
creatorOf John Herron Art Institute. Wilbur D. Peat correspondence, 1929-1936. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Phillips, Marjorie, 1895-1985. Marjorie Phillips interviews, 1974 June 27. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Phillips, Marjorie, 1895-. Collection, 1897-1984. Winterthur Library
referencedIn George Dix papers, 1946-1992 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Dix, George. George Dix papers, 1946-1992. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Brown, Adele Smith, 1910-. Oral history interview with Adele S. Brown and William H. Calfee, 1995 Jan. 11. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Baker, Sarah, 1899-. Sarah Baker papers, 1922-1977. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Marin, John, 1870-1953. Family papers, [1896?-1973?] (bulk 1920-1970). National Gallery of Art Library
referencedIn New Directions Publishing Corp. records, ca. 1933-1997. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Phillips, Marjorie, 1895-1985. Artist file. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
creatorOf Knaths, Karl, 1891-1971. Karl Knaths papers, 1890-1971. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Phillips, Marjorie, 1895-1985. Marjorie Acker Phillips : artist file : study photographs and reproductions of works of art with accompanying documentation 1930?-1990 [graphic] [compiled by staff of The Museum of Modern Art, New York]. Frick Art Reference Library of The Frick Collection
referencedIn Papers of Robert Woods Bliss and Mildred Barnes Bliss, ca. 1860-1969 (inclusive) Harvard University Archives.
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associatedWith Baker, Sarah, 1899- person
correspondedWith Bliss, Robert Woods, 1875-1962 person
associatedWith Brown, Adele Smith, 1910- person
correspondedWith Century Company corporateBody
associatedWith Coolidge, John, 1913-1995 person
associatedWith Cummings, Paul, person
correspondedWith Dellenbaugh, Frederick Samuel, 1853-1935 person
associatedWith Dix, George. person
associatedWith Dix, George. person
associatedWith John Herron Art Institute. corporateBody
associatedWith Knaths, Karl, 1891-1971. person
associatedWith Marin, John, 1870-1953. person
associatedWith Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith New Directions Publishing Corp. corporateBody
associatedWith Phillips Collection. corporateBody
associatedWith Phillips Collection. corporateBody
associatedWith Phillips Collection. corporateBody
associatedWith Phillips Collection. corporateBody
associatedWith Phillips, Duncan, 1886-1966. person
associatedWith Sachs, Paul J., 1878-1965 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Dunmarlin (Estate : Washington, D.C.)
Washington (D.C.)
Washington (D.C.)
Washington (D.C.)
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Interior decoration
Painters--Interviews
Wallpaper--Specimens
Art--Collectors and collecting--Interviews
Inventories of decedent's estates
Collectors--Interviews
Art--American (?)--Reproductions
Electric lighting--Pictorial works
Textile fabrics--Specimens
Art, American
Fireplaces--Equipment and supplies--Pictorial works
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Birth 1894

Death 1995

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