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August 20, 2013

Portrait greets visitors at Chandor Gardens

By SALLY SEXTON

The entrance to the main house at Chandor Gardens provides visitors with a greeting right at the door — a life-sized portrait, one of many painted by Douglas Chandor.

The oil painting depicts an 18-year-old Aileen Westbrook, whose family was friends with the Chandors, and was painted in 1934.

“She and her family lived in a mansion in Westover Hills in Fort Worth and the picture was taken on their staircase,” said Norma Harris, a resident of Weatherford and cousin of Westbrook’s. “Aileen was a debutante and I always thought she was so pretty.”

The portrait was given on loan to Chandor Gardens by Westbrook’s granddaughter, Alexis Wolf.

The artwork is just one of several displayed throughout Chandor Gardens made by Chandor. He also painted a portrait of Westbrook’s younger brother, David, and his reputation as an artist also brought a lot of famous clients who commissioned him for portraits — Winston Churchill, Eleanor Roosevelt and Queen Elizabeth II, to name a few.

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