Freer and Sackler Galleries’ Gala

Frank Wisner with Gwen and Stuart Holliday

Frank Wisner with Gwen and Stuart Holliday

Location: Smithsonian Institution

THE EVENT: The Freer and Sackler Galleries’ gala dinner featured an Indian theme, a chance to preview Mughal masterpieces on loan from the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin and plenty of opportunities to meet a real maharaja and his entourage amid tented garden splendors. THE SCENE: His Highness of Marwar-Jodhpur didn’t mind being ogled by the intimate crowd of 150 guests at the $1,500-a-pop event – after all he was wearing a colorful turban on his head and (what else?) jodhpurs with no boots, in the Indian style. Patrons did finally hush down, however, when he gently admonished them for rudely chatting during his earlier introduction by Freer and Sackler director . THE GUESTS: Gala chairwoman , former Ambassador to India (whose wife, , is French President ’s step-mother), Ann and , , Calvin and and former Freer/Sackler director .

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