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The Drexel Founding Collection’s paintings are primarily 19th century European Academic paintings from the Barbizon School and Dusseldorf Academy. Many of the paintings were donated by Anthony J. Drexel’s brother-in-law, John D. Lankenau, in 1901 leading to the creation of the Lankenau Picture Gallery, now A.J. Drexel Picture Gallery, located on the third floor of the Main Building. The Founding Collection also has the largest collection of paintings by Francis Martin Drexel, the father of Anthony J. Drexel and founder of the Drexel & Co. bank. Other notable sections of the painting collection include portraits of Drexel family members, Drexel University presidents and portraits of the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann faculty.

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