🇺🇸 243 years ago today, the original Amos Adams (my 7th great grandfather) marched to Lexington and Concord with his younger brother James from Groton, MA as members of their local militia. Thankful for them and for all those who serve and have served this great nation. Proud to have this heritage and still be here in Massachusetts; “the Spirit of America.”
(Pictures are from 2016 at Old North Bridge and Minuteman National Park)
#Performance#review#18thcentury style: The unfortunate Mis[s] Ann Weeks[?] received a poor performance review for the quality of the yarn she produced for Sarah Dearborn, who was not able to 'make good cloth' from it. Weaver's Daybook, 1791+ from @woodmanmuseum collection @dovernh
#AMuseumADay | @artsmia | Sir Nathaniel Dance-Howard, "Portrait of Olive Craster", 1762, oil on canvas, 72.4 x 60.1 cm.
I was browsing the museum's collection page after specifically entering "portrait of a woman" in the search bar. Then this work caught my eye and I was like: 'is that a squirrel? Yes it is! Let's pick this one.'
The background is completely undefined, abstract even. It does not distract the viewer, and thus enhances the presence of Olive Craster who commands our attention. She looks at us confidently, well aware of her readily apparent wealth and social status as member of a distinguished family. Together with her husband she extensively travelled through France and Italy, and purchased luxury goods and accessories as well as clothing. She kept detailed notes of everything, which reminds me of the story of Isabella Steward Gardner (@gardnermuseum)!
The squirrel, occupied with eating a small nut, has a little collar around its neck with a chain attached to it. It probably acts as one of many examples of fashionable items that a lady like Olive could afford.
The artist, Nathaniel, aspired to be a history painter, but became most succesful in portraiture. He spent some time in Italy and was co-founder of the Royal Academy (@royalacademyarts). From the late 1770s onward, after inheriting a substantial amount of money, he gradually turned away from a life of painting.
A collection of fresh cabinet objects waiting to be listed:
A serpentine salt. German, 18th century.
A silver mounted tortoiseshell tobacco box. English, c1700.
A porcupine quill, silver & brass knitting sheath. Dutch, 18th century.
A small early 18th century shagreen box.
A shagreen knife sheath. French, early 18th century.
A heart shaped silver filigree box.
Dutch, late 18th century.
A gold mounted coral amulet.
Italian, 19th century. - SOLD
A brass plaque from the pommel of a sword engraved with scrolls & lombardic text.
Dutch, c.1500. - SOLD
An engraved silver horse harness pendant.
French, 14th century. - SOLD
Please contact me for further information.
Northfield Cemetery, sometimes referred to as ‘Old North Field’, is Stamford’s oldest graveyard and final resting place for 24 Revolutionary War soldiers, including Elizabeth Nichols, who saved Stamford from being burned by the British, circa 1779.
So excited to visit my hometown next weekend! There was a minor controversy in Ashfield, MA when the owner of this gorgeous #1795 inn repainted the white exterior a cheerful yellow. There were concerns about the loss of historical accuracy. However, it is a common misconception that our predecessors lived in a world of muted hues. Yellow was a common exterior color in the late 18th and early 19th centuries and, in many cases, more historically accurate than white. ☀️