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About this collection

The Riggs family was a family of prominent bankers starting in the 1840s when George Washington Riggs teamed up with Corcoran forming the Corcoran & Riggs Banking firm in Washington, D.C. George Washington Riggs was a trustee of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Peabody Education Fund.

Interest in the arts continued throughout the Riggs family to Brigadier- General Lawrason Riggs. The General Lawrason Riggs Papers contain letters, receipts, and an inventory list from the Riggs collection of art. He mostly was interested in prints, very careful about the quality and condition of them, and he supported local Baltimore dealers as well as those in New York and abroad. F. Meder was his preferred dealer, and the collection contains both a letter and receipt from Meder in interest of expanding his collection, etc. Other letters offer Riggs more prints the dealers have come across, as well as dating and condition reports from the dealers. In the Meder letter, for example, Meder apologizes to Riggs about issues with an employee that may have affected the receipt and/ or shipment of the prints Riggs had desired.  

 
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