1800s couple's portraits reunited at Philly museum

JOANN LOVIGLIO Associated Press Published:

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- It might be the first time a separated couple got back together thanks to their great-great-great granddaughter.

The smiling young couple is Benjamin and Maria (mar-EYE'-ah) Gratz, or more accurately their portraits, which were painted in 1831 by famous portrait artist Thomas Sully but somehow became separated an unknown number of years ago.

The great-great-great granddaughter is Maria (mar-EYE'-ah) Gratz Roberts of Atlanta, who spotted a blog post about how Benjamin's portrait was hanging at the Rosenbach Museum in Philadelphia but missing its mate.

Turned out it was hanging in her house.

She donated the portrait to the museum and Benjamin and Maria Gratz were reunited just before Valentine's Day.