Winifred M. C. Gordon, 88, was prominent artist, sculptor

March 14, 1996|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Winifred M. C. Gordon, a prominent Baltimore artist and sculptor, died Saturday of a stroke at Union Memorial Hospital. She was 88 and lived at Roland Park Place.

Mrs. Gordon was known for her pastel and oil portraits, watercolors and sculptures.

She was a 1928 graduate of the Maryland Institute's Rinehart School and stayed active in the school's affairs, taking courses there until the late 1950s and traveling abroad with its students.

"What a spirit," said Douglas Frost, vice president of development at the Maryland Institute and a longtime friend. "We could always count on Winnie.

"She used to spend her summers abroad with our programs in Italy and Greece. Can you imagine? Here was this lady in her 80s going to Europe with students a quarter of her age and having a wonderful time. She added greatly to the program and was such an inspiration to everyone."

The Rinehart School will celebrate its 100th anniversary in June and a relief of Mrs. Gordon's husband, Douglas Huntly Gordon Jr., who died in 1986, will be included in the centennial exhibition.

Mrs. Gordon also copied paintings of famous Americans and many of them are part of private collections or hang in public buildings, including the American Embassy in Paris.

Her copy of Charles Willson Peale's portrait of William Buckland, the architect and builder of the historic Hammond-Harwood House in Annapolis, is said by some critics to be superior to the original.

A native Annapolitan, the former Winifred Macmillan Claude was one of nine children of a former mayor of Annapolis, Gordon Handy Claude. She was educated in local schools.

She had a lifelong affection for Annapolis and especially the Hammond-Harwood House, which was built between 1774 and 1775. She was a member of the original board that oversaw restoration of the house in the late 1930s.

In 1934, she married Mr. Gordon, an art and book collector and Harvard-educated lawyer who was instrumental in preserving Mount Vernon Place as an architectural landmark. He was the 14th president of St. John's College in Annapolis from 1931 to 1934, when he was abruptly fired.

In 1956, the Gordons moved to Charlcote House in Guilford, a mansion in Georgian architectural style, which was built in 1913. There, they displayed their 8,000-volume library and priceless artworks.

In recent years, Mrs. Gordon had resided at Roland Park Place.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Old St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Charles and Saratoga streets.

She is survived by a brother, William Tell Claude of Arnold; and several nieces and nephews.

Pub Date: 3/14/96

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