A marble sculpture, "The Sons of God Saw the Daughters of Men That They Were Fair", by Daniel Chester French, 1923, on the grand staircase of the 19th century Corcoran Gallery of art building on July, 12, 2012. (Bill O'Leary/Washington Post)
August 20

History indicates that W.W. Corcoran would probably be pleased with the merger of the Corcoran Gallery of Art (including Albert Bierstadt’s “Mount Corcoran”) and its College of Art and Design with the National Gallery of Art and George Washington University [“Judge seals Corcoran’s fate: Merger will go forward,” Style, Aug. 19].

Mr. Corcoran was a member of the GWU Board of Trustees, received an honorary doctor of laws degree in 1869 and made numerous gifts of real estate and securities to the university.

Robert Sweet, Bethesda

Many who know the Corcoran Gallery of Art are greatly saddened by the judicial approval of its merger with the National Gallery of Art and George Washington University. As a past docent of the museum and student at the college, I learned a great deal about the museum’s art collection and history, and I benefited from its many cultural and educational offerings.


The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. A District of Columbia judge has decided to approve a proposed merger of one of the nation's oldest museums with two larger institutions in Washington. The ruling from Judge Robert Okun allows the Corcoran to merge the museum and its college into George Washington University and the National Gallery of Art, effectively dissolving the independent art gallery and handing over its $2 billion in assets. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

William W. Corcoran collected American art and founded an art school that became a unique institution in Washington. It was his intent for it to remain so. Together, the collection told the story of American art. It is unfortunate that it will be dispersed and no longer viewable as a whole. I hope that the merger will not destroy the community feeling and the many artistic contributions the museum and college provided.


The Corcoran Gallery of Art. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

Jacqueline Apel, Rockville