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Joseph Kingsland III portraitJoseph Kingsland Portrait
Donated by Gertrude Kingsland Austin

In May 1980 we received a donation of a picture of Joseph Kingsland III from Mrs. Trudy Austin who lived on Kingsland Road in Clifton. Trudy was formally Gertrude Kingsland, the great-great granddaughter of Henry Joseph Kingsland (1778-1826), the first-born son of Joseph Kingsland. Trudy was born in 1920 and was a professional model and later a narrator. She married Jack Payne Austin in 1960. It was the second marriage for them both. At the time of the donation, they were both living in Newton, NJ. Jack passed away in 2002 and Trudy in 2006.

The description that was written when the picture was accepted by the Historic Restoration Trust was: portrait of Joseph Kingsland; frame made by him; 14-1/2” x 12-1/2” oak wood 1-1/2” wide; Picture itself – 5” x 3-5/8”.

The picture of Joseph Kingsland III is displayed in the Parlor.


Kingsland Family Pictures and Paintings
Donated by Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Kingsland

In July 1978 we received a donation of pictures and paintings owned by the Kingsland family from Robert Elwood Kingsland and his wife, Barbara Nancy Brown. Robert’s father was Robert Henry Kingsland. Robert Henry was born in the Delawanna section of Clifton, N.J., in 1893. During WWI, being over 6’ tall, Robert served in the Military Police as an Army Sergeant. In 1921, he married Clara Francis Sanford who was born in Goshen, N.Y., in 1891, and raised two children, Robert Elwood and his sister, Henrietta.

The picture is of a young Clara Francis. The description that was written when the picture was accepted by the Historic Restoration Trust was: 15-1/2” x 19-1/2” picture of a child (Mrs. Kingsland as a child); oak, carved veneer frame. The age of Clara in the picture is not given.

One of the paintings is of Robert Henry Kingsland. It is described as: 19” x 13” oval; Robert Henry Kingsland, born April 20, 1893, died Sept. 12, 1975; frame is damaged; metal.

The second painting is of Clara Francis Kingsland. It is described as: matching frame; Mrs. Kingsland (Clara Francis Sanford Kingsland), born Aug. 30, 1891, died Nov. 11, 1973. The frame is not damaged on this painting.

Robert Henry and Clara Francis are buried in East Ridgelawn Cemetery in Clifton.

This picture and paintings are on display in the Parlor of the Kingsland Manor.

Robert Henry Kingsland, Clara F. Kingsland


Kingsland Family Quilts
Donated by Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Kingsland

Robert Elwood and Barbara Brown Kingsland have been extremely generous to the Kingsland Manor over the years. We will be highlighting several of their valuable donations as we continue our virtual open house tour of the Kingsland artifacts.

In July 1978 we received a donation of four quilts owned by the Kingsland family from Robert Elwood Kingsland and his wife, Barbara Nancy Brown. Robert was born in Newark, NJ in 1924. Barbara was born in Pompton Lakes, NJ in 1926 and was a registered nurse. During WWII, Robert was an Army Medic in the European theater. They married in 1948 and raised two children, a son, Robert Steven, and a daughter, Nancy Diane. Robert Elwood was a graphic artist and we have several of his pen and ink drawings on display in the Manor. He passed away in Sun City West, AZ and is buried in the Crest Haven Cemetery in Clifton, NJ.

Here is a description of two of the quilts donated and pictured below. The first is called a Star quilt.

70” x 87-1/2”; white background with two different rose colors pattern; backing is pink roses on white.

The second quilt is quite spectacular in its six-sided polygon design.

73” x 65” six-sided polygons arranged around one center polygon going out from the center in rings; backing is gray with small gold and white cubes.

Besides the pictures of the quilts, we include pictures of Robert Elwood and Barbara Brown Kingsland.

These quilts are on display in the Master Bedroom of the Kingsland Manor.

Star Quilt on display at Kingsland ManorPolygon Quilt on display at Kingsland Manor

 Robert Elwood Barbara Brown Kingsland, family member


Kingsland Family Painting

Donated by Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Kingsland

In July 1978 we received a donation of four pictures and paintings owned by the Kingsland family from Robert Elwood Kingsland and his wife, Barbara Nancy Brown. Robert’s father was Robert Henry Kingsland. Robert Henry was born in the Delawanna section of Clifton, NJ in 1893. During WWI, being over 6’ tall, Robert served in the Military Police as an Army Sergeant. In 1921, he married Clara Francis Sanford who was born in Goshen, NY in 1891 and raised two children, Robert Elwood and his sister, Henrietta.

We already featured three of the pictures donated but discovered the last picture and location as we were completing work on our ballroom. The three pictures we shared were the picture is of a young Clara Francis Sanford, the paintings of Robert Henry Kingsland and the painting of Mrs. Clara Francis Sanford Kingsland.

The final picture of the group is a hand-tinted print in an incredibly attractive frame. The description recorded when the Trust received the print is: 25-1/2” x 19-1/2”; water scene; white and gold ornate frame; sail boats offshore.

This picture is on display in the Ballroom of the Kingsland Manor.

Kingsland Manor, Nutley, NJ: Water Scene in White and Gold Ornate Frame, of Sailboats Offshore.


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