Something special happens every time I spend a few minutes sitting in Fred Leyland's dining room.

Frederick R. Leyland was a wealthy British gentleman, an owner of ships in an era when ships were the only means of global travel and commerce.  Which is to say that Frederick Leyland had money and knew how to use it.  Among other things, Leyland was the patron of the painter James McNeil Whistler.  He wanted the dining room of his London home to be a suitable setting to display his collecti...
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