Monthly Archives: September 2011

GILBERT STUART: George Washington (Lansdowne Portrait), c.1796

Although George Washington sat for the most prominent artists of his day, Gilbert Stuart’s images of the first president and hero of the American Revolution have been so widely reproduced that it is almost impossible for Americans to conceive of … Continue reading

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Grant Wood: Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, c. 1931

In The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, the Midwestern painter Grant Wood casts a magical spell on a familiar American story. As a child, Wood had been captivated by the tale of Revere’s journey through the night from Boston to … Continue reading

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TEA TIME : Silver of the 18th ,19th , & 20th Centuries

The tea time tradition began in Britain in the 1700’s when The 7th Duchess  Anna Marie Stanhope of Bedford, England and lifelong friend of Queen Victoria got hungry in the middle of the afternoon.  As the story goes, the good … Continue reading

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PAUL REVERE: Portrait of a Revolutionary War Hero

“Listen my children and you shall hear of the midnight ride of Paul Revere.”  The familiar opening lines of the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem tell us the story of that night long ago when Revere rode through the towns warning … Continue reading

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