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The Many Faces of George Washington

Late in life, artist Rembrandt Peale (1778–1860) embarked on a mission to introduce a new generation to George Washington, a person he felt a certain affinity with since they shared a February 22 birthday, albeit 46 years apart. Washington certainly … Continue reading

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Making a Meal of it—Preparing for Winterthur’s Upcoming Dining Exhibition

Dining by Design: Nature Displayed on the Dinner Table, opening April 1, 2018, takes a fresh look at the history of dining and dinnerware from the 1600s through modern times and celebrates how hosts and hostesses have brought the natural … Continue reading

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The Precarious Profession of Painting

Early in his career, painter John Lewis Krimmel sketched a scene of two men demanding payment from a distraught artist seated at his easel, wife and children helplessly witnessing his shame. Krimmel may have been practicing his compositional skills in … Continue reading

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‘Tis the Season of Traditions

Yuletide has arrived at Winterthur, and visitors can enjoy the treasures of Christmases past by exploring various customs, decorations, and stories. Whether it is sending holiday cards, trimming a tree, or eating festive cookies, families  have new and old traditions. … Continue reading

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Getting on the Bus

In his 1968 classic book The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Tom Wolfe traveled the country in a bus with writer Ken Kesey and his band of Merry Pranksters. During a trip that came to encapsulate the counterculture, Wolfe quoted Kesey … Continue reading

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The Shop of Robert Stewart: Work and Wealth in the Antebellum Natchez Furniture Trade

The life and work of antebellum cabinetmaker Robert Stewart (1796–1866) spanned one  of the most contentious periods in American history in one of the country’s most complex places: Natchez, Mississippi, a river town of great diversity and incredible wealth. For … Continue reading

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Southern Collecting in the Post−Civil War Era: A Case Study of Barbara Fritchie’s Desk-and-Bookcase

On November 21, 1885, Ariana Trail wrote to her son-in-law, Reverend John Harding,  with a tone of urgency, imploring him to send his wife, Nan, $18, “so that she can buy Barbara Frietchie’s secretary, a lovely antique genuine, & in … Continue reading

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At Twenty-Five: Distinguishing the Biggs Museum of American Art

As we look forward to the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Biggs Museum of American Art, our focus is one dedicated to the objects, stories, and supporters who have made the institution not only notable—thanks to founder Sewell C. Biggs … Continue reading

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The Long Journey of the Charleston Dining Room

Seldom seen by visitors today, the Charleston Dining Room on the third floor of Winterthur contains woodwork and windows from what was once a fashionable gathering place in antebellum South Carolina. The 18th-century paneling, cornices, fireplace and mantle, and windows … Continue reading

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Creating Places to Call Home

For award-winning architect and Delaware Antiques Show co-chair and keynote speaker Gil Schafer, the measure of a house does not lie in the structure itself or in any particular element of its design. Instead, he says the most successful houses … Continue reading

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