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.
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.
Jacqueline Apel, Rockville