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Mrs. Evalyn Walsh McLean, Owner of the Hope DiamondDownload nowEnlargeShow similar images

Title: Mrs. Evalyn Walsh McLean, Owner of the Hope Diamond

Description: Mrs. Evalyn Walsh McLean (1886-1947), owner of the allegedly cursed Hope Diamond, who is shown with her son Vinson Walsh McLean, an epileptic, who was killed at the age of nine following an accident; Evalyn's gold mine owner father left her a huge fortune, and she also married into another fortune when wedding newspaper heir Edward Beale McLean (1889-1941), owner of the Washington Post and the Cincinnati Enquirer; both of them managed to lavishly spend away two great fortunes, estimated by today's standards in the billions (they gave, for instance a birthday party for their pet dog, shown in this photo, that cost more than $1 million while the dog pranced about wearing the Hope Diamond); both had many affairs, with Edward McLean becoming an alcoholic, dying in an insane asylum, and Evalyn became addicted to morphine; both ended their lives in near poverty.

Category: Society

Topic: Rich and Famous

Keywords: affluent, diamonds, fashionable society, gentry, gold mines, high social class, high society, magnates, millionaires, miners, rich, profligacy, profligates, socialites, spendthrifts, tycoons, wealthy

Orientation: Portrait

Dimensions: 2250 x 3222 (7.25 MPixels) (1.43)

Print Size: 19.0 x 27.3 cm; 7.5 x 10.7 inches

File Size: 20.77 MB (21,774,502 Bytes)

Resolution: 300 x 300 dpi

Color Depth: 16.7 million (24 BitsPerPixel)

Compression: None

Image Number: 0000029012

Source: Jay Robert Nash Collection

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