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This palatial mansion is now the National Museum of American Illustration, with works by Maxfield Parrish and others.



If you like the lively illustrations of Maxfield Parris, Norman Rockwell and Alberto Vargas, you'll love a visit to Vernon Court, the sumptuous Newport mansion that is now the National Museum of American Illustration.


Anna Van Nest Gambrill (1865–1927), widow of New Jersey railroad magnate Richard A Gambrill commissioned Carrère and Hastings to build a Newport summer "cottage"at 492 Bellevue Avenue (map) which she named Vernon Court.

Finished in 1898, the architecture was adapted from the Château de Haroué in Santois, Lorraine, France. The gardens were inspired by those at Hampton Court Palace in London.

Owned by the Gambrill family until 1956, it then had a succession of owners until 1972, when it was closed.

In 1998 it was purchased by Laurence S Cutler and Judy Goffman Cutler who, with the support of the National Arts Club, founded the National Museum of American Illustration.

The Museum

The museum concentrates on the "Golden Age of American Illustration" from 1865 to 1945, after crude block printing gave way to engraved metal plate illustration, and before widespread news photography and television superceded the illustration art form.

The museum's collection now numbers more than 2300 works of art by over 100 artists including McClelland Barclay, H C Christy, John Clymer, Dean Cornwell, Steven Dohanos, Harvey Dunn, John Falter, Harrison Fisher, J M Flagg, Charles D Gibson, Phillip R Goodwin, Elizabeth S Green, Al Hirschfeld, W H D Koerner, John LaGatta, J C Leyendecker, Violet Oakley, Maxfield Parrish, Coles Phillips, Maurice Prendergast, Norman Price, Howard Pyle, Frederic Remington, Norman Rockwell, Mead Schaeffer, Frank E Schoonover, Alberto Vargas, Jessie Willcox Smith, Andrew Wyeth, Jamie Wyeth, N C Wyeth and others.


Opposite Vernon Court, the three-acre (1.2-hectare) Stoneacre estate is named for the mansion built there in 1894, and razed in 1963. The grounds were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted as his first professional landscape-architecture commission, and the restored Frederick Law Olmsted Park is dedicated to the memory and career of Olmsted.

Vernon Court
National Museum of American Illustration
492 Bellevue Avenue (map)
Newport RI 02840
Tel: 401-851-8949
Fax: 401-851-8974

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Vernon Court, Newport RI

Vernon Court, now the home of the National Museum of American Illustration in Newport RI.


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