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View toward the north wall of the Bowdoin Gallery on the upper level of the Walker Art Building showing two works by Gilbert Stuart, "Portrait of James Bowdoin III" (1870.6) and "Portrait of Mrs. James Bowdoin III (nee Sarah Bowdoin)" (1870.7). As part of a long-standing Museum tradition the two portraits were decorated with garlands to celebrate the Sarah and James Bowdoin Day Exercises held on October 30, 2014. Begun in 1941 this day recognizes those undergraduates who have distinguished themselves by excellence in scholarship and honors the memory of the Honorable James Bowdoin III (1752-1811), the first patron of the College, which was named after his father. In 1997, by faculty vote, the College determined that both the commemorative day and the distinction as scholar be changed so as to recognize both Sarah and James Bowdoin. Like her husband, Sarah Bowdoin gave many gifts to the College, including most of the Bowdoin family portraits, which were bequeathed to the College upon her death.
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