George, You’re a Long Way from Philadelphia…

A table at the Old Jail Arts Center in Albany, Texas caught my eye. It's always nice when museums feature decorative arts, but it's especially nice when museums of this size include furniture. The round inlaid center table with a classical form features prominently our first president. I assumed being in this small town Texas … Continue reading George, You’re a Long Way from Philadelphia…

Trove of Revolutionary War Letters Coming to Auction

Later this month Swann Galleries in New York will conduct a sale of Revolutionary Americana from the Allyn Kellogg Ford Collection. The Ford collection contains some of the most significant Revolutionary War letters ever to come to auction. In 1927 Minnesota manufacturer Allyn Kellogg Ford acquired what would become the core of his collection, more … Continue reading Trove of Revolutionary War Letters Coming to Auction

Washington-Clay Portrait Flask Brings $52,650

A rare and historical portrait flask showing strong busts of George Washington and Henry Clay, made circa 1840-1860 by Bridgeton Glass Works (NJ), soared to $52,650 in the Internet and catalog auction of Session III of the Thomas McCandless lifetime bottle collection. The auction went online Jan. 18 and accepted its final bid on Feb. … Continue reading Washington-Clay Portrait Flask Brings $52,650

African Americans: Seeing and Seen, 1766 – 1916

Bitter brutality and cruel caricature alternate with respectful revelations and positive portrayals of the status of African Americans. It may be said that all portrayals become betrayals in revealing the motivations and prejudices of their creator, and the images in this exhibition offer telling insights into the prevailing notions of the period. Each work in … Continue reading African Americans: Seeing and Seen, 1766 – 1916

Lafayette and Washington In New York City Hall

The approximate 180 portrait paintings in the City Hall are the best collection of early American portraiture in the United States. General Lafayette by Samuel Morse The best known is probably the painting of  "General Lafayette for the City of New York" by Samuel Morse, the founder and the first President of National Academy, professor … Continue reading Lafayette and Washington In New York City Hall