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Francine Clark, 1955

Francine Clark

Francine Clary was born in 1876 in France. A former actress with the Comédie Française, she married Sterling Clark in 1919.

Like her husband, Francine had an avid interest in collecting art, giving her opinions when the couple met with dealers. Sterling referred to his wife as his "touchstone in judging pictures." He once described Francine as "an excellent judge, much better than I am at times, though I have known her to make mistakes on account of charming subjects."