Williams et al v. The National Gallery, London, The American Friends of the National Gallery, London, Inc. and the United Kingdom


Nixon Peabody successfully upheld an earlier decision that Henri Matisse’s painting “Portrait of Greta Moll” (1908) belongs at the National Gallery, London.

In a unanimous decision regarding a modern day claim to the Matisse painting – which has been on public display at the National Gallery since 1979—the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit dismissed all of the claimants’ arguments finding them to be, in the court’s own words, “without merit.”

The 3–0 decision affirmed the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York’s earlier dismissal, which came after the National Gallery had conducted and shared, with the claimants, the results of an extensive provenance review into the Matisse painting’s history.

Nixon Peabody advised the National Gallery (London) with a team including Thaddeus J. Stauber (Picture), Sarah Erickson André and Kristin M. Jamberdino.

Involved fees earner: Sarah Erickson Andre – Nixon Peabody LLP; Kristin Jamberdino – Nixon Peabody LLP; Thaddeus Stauber – Nixon Peabody LLP;

Law Firms: Nixon Peabody LLP;

Clients: The National Gallery of Art;