Ellen B. Hirschland, 80, art history teacher and museum trustee

September 06, 1999|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF

Ellen Berney Hirschland, art history teacher, trustee of the Baltimore Museum of Art and great-niece of Baltimore's famed Cone sisters, died of complications of pneumonia and cancer Friday while traveling near St. Moritz, Switzerland. She was 80 and lived in Great Neck on Long Island, N.Y.

As a niece of art collectors Claribel and Etta Cone, Mrs. Hirschland was a frequent visitor at their Eutaw Place apartments, where the walls were filled with the works of Matisse, Picasso and Cezanne.

After the deaths of the Cones -- Claribel in 1929, Etta in 1949 -- Mrs. Hirschland lectured on their life and collecting. She, along with her daughter, Nancy H. Ramage of Ithaca, N.Y., recently completed a biography manuscript about the Cones.

Mrs. Hirschland was born in Baltimore, the daughter of Sidney Berney, vice president of the old Isaac Hamburger clothing store at Baltimore and Hanover streets, and Dorothy Long Berney, niece of the Cone Sisters. She was reared on Talbot Road in Windsor Hills, graduated from Park School and earned a bachelor's degree from Wheaton College in 1940.

That year, she married Paul M. Hirschland, a New York stockbroker who died in 1988. The couple collected modern art ranging from Cezanne to Frank Stella.

Albert Berney, a cousin who lives in North Baltimore, recalled Mrs. Hirschland's trips to the Marlborough Apartments on Eutaw Place, where the Cone sisters leased several apartments to contain their collections, and her traveling to Europe with Etta Cone. "I am sure this association inspired her to become an art historian," he said.

Mrs. Hirschland taught art history for 35 years in the adult education program of public schools at Great Neck, and led museum and private collection tours in the United States and Europe.

In addition to her daughter, she is survived by two sons, Roger B. Hirschland of Washington and Edward C. Hirschland of Chicago; two sisters, Alice B. Hoffberger of Baltimore and Margaret Mack of New Haven, Conn.; and two grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were pending yesterday at the Frank E. Campbell funeral home in Manhattan.

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Pub Date: 9/06/99

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