Woody Internship: Colonial Williamsburg Week 6

Some of the projects that I worked on were objects that had been in the collection for a number of years, but I was looking to see if any more information could be found with the help of technology. One such project that I worked on was a portrait of Patrick Henry. We believed the portrait to be a copy of a miniature done by artist Lawrence Sully. After reading the portrait file, I found a reference to a book that documented portraits of famous Americans. An engraving of Patrick Henry was in the book along with information referencing the engraving as a copy of drawing which was a copy of the Sully miniature. In short, our portrait was a fourth generation copy and we still did not know the artist. The portrait was sold to Colonial Williamsburg by the daughter of Kentucky artist, Oliver Frazer. However, Frazer is not believed to be the artist of this portrait due to stylistic differences. Frazer had an uncle named Robert, who was a popular jeweler in the Lexington, Kentucky area. Colonial Williamsburg has a watch in the collection that contains a watch paper with R. Frazer’s advertisement in it. In conclusion, I believe that an artist possibly training under Oliver Frazer had access to the book containing the engraving at the University of Transylvania, saw the engraving and tried to replicate it. The exact artist may never be known, but this information brings us much closer to discovering the portraits origins. I was able to present all of this information as a research discovery at one of the curatorial accessions meetings.

Art Outside of the Getty

I can’t believe summer is over halfway over and my time here is dwindling! The summer has been flying by. Nevertheless, I’m determined to squeeze every last bit I can out of this season while it lasts.

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Woody Internship – Taft Museum of Art – Blog 5

This week, I’ve been thinking about the quote “Well-behaved women seldom make history.” You’ve probably heard that phrase before. Often, it’s credited to women such as Marilyn Monroe and Eleanor Roosevelt, pasted on photos of them, and shared on Facebook. It’s on coffee mugs and bumper stickers, Etsy jewelry and t-shirts. It’s everywhere, it’s usually misattributed, and it’s widely misunderstood.

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Fun at Winterthur, Week 7!

Hello everyone, I’m back for week 7! I had a super busy weekend with my friend in town. We saw the fountain show at Longwood, took a tour right here at Winterthur, visited Nemours, walked along the Wilmington waterfront, had some UDairy ice cream, and spent all day Sunday in Philadelphia. It was so much fun to get to see her and to hang out for the weekend! As much as I love my time at Winterthur, this past weekend made me look forward to getting back to school with my friends. I started off my Monday morning in the textile study as usual. I don’t technically have moving privileges, but I’ve been trained on how to move objects and I do it sometimes when needed and supervised by curators. So, I got to move some textiles from the accessions room in the office wing of the museum to the textile lab in the research building which was cool (but also not as cool as it sounds: they were wrapped in tissue paper in a box that I held carefully). We worked in the textile conservation lab this morning since that was where our missing box from last week was found, so it was a nice change of pace. We marked a lot of objects for deaccession, so it felt productive! At lunch, some of the curators and I went to see a talk about decisions and ethics in furniture conservation (i.e. what do you replace? what should be recreated and what should be left as-is? how do you decide original intent?). It was really interesting, and the woman who gave the talk had worked at both the VMFA and Colonial Williamsburg. She featured a sofa from the VMFA in her talk, so I’ll have to check it out the next time I’m in Richmond. After the talk, I went back to work trying to date some of the textiles and ceramics we’re deaccessioning. I went through files in registration and books in the library trying to piece it together, which was fun (I love research!). I was feeling a little tired so I stopped by the basement for a coffee from our new coffee vending machine (!!!) to wake myself up for the end of the day.

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Harry Potter & The Getty Center

We had a busy few days this past weekend here at the Getty! I helped out with a cosmos-themed Ever Present event, part of our series featuring performance art, on Saturday, and this past Sunday, we hosted a talk on Harry Potter and the medieval bestiary. Public Programs put on both of these events as tie-ins to ongoing exhibitions: Ever Present with “The Wondrous Cosmos in Medieval Manuscripts,” and Harry Potter with “Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World,” our current Special Exhibition.

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