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Abby Aldrich Rockefeller

Painting by F.W. Wright

…whenever I think of Mother even today, it is with a sense of great love and happiness. I suppose by contemporary standards she would not be considered a beautiful woman. Nelson and I inherited her Aldrich features, most prominently the Aldrich nose. However, I thought of my mother as beautiful, as did many of her friends and acquaintances…. It was a beauty that was hard to capture in a photograph or a painting. … Strangely, the best likeness of her is a drawing done after her death by Fred W. Wright, who took it from a very photograph of her holding Nelson’s eldest son, Rodman, when he was a small boy. Somehow it captures her expression better than any formal portraits.

David Rockefeller. Memoirs

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