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October 2019

Exhibit: “War/Maps Mystery: Dutch Mapmaker Bernard Romans and the American Revolution,” Connecticut Historical Society

October 25, 2019 - May 2, 2020
Connecticut Historical Society, 1 Elizabeth Street
Hartford, CT 06105 United States

An exhibit at the Connecticut Historical Society shares the little-known story of Revolutionary War Patriot and Dutch mapmaker Bernard Romans. Romans came to the American colonies in 1757 during the French and Indian War, surveying for the British along the Atlantic seaboard. He became a supporter of American independence, joined the Continental Army, and eventually settled in Wethersfield, CT. Both the British and Americans used Romans’ maps during the American Revolution. In 1780, he was captured by the British and…

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November 2019

Exhibit: “The Best of the West: Western Americana,” Clements Library

November 1, 2019 - April 24, 2020
William L. Clements Library, 909 S. University Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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The Best of the West is an exhibition of 45 printed rarities in early western Americana from the Clements Library collection. The exhibit is a tribute to antiquarian bookseller and outstanding Americanist William S. Reese (1955-2018), drawing upon Reese’s 2017 book The Best of the West for its descriptions of the titles on display. Learn more!

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Exhibit: “America Transformed: Mapping the 19th Century,” Boston Public Library

November 12, 2019 - May 10, 2020

"America Transformed: Mapping the 19th Century," at the Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center, Boston Public Library, explores the dramatic westward expansion of the United States in the 19th century and the complexity of factors that shaped the country over the century. Homesteads to Modern Cities, 1862-1900, the second part of this two-part exhibit begins in the early 1860s and concludes with the establishment of the modern American city, using Chicago as a case study. Click here to learn…

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December 2019

Exhibit: “Maine’s Lithographic Landscapes: Town & City Views, 1830-1870,” Bowdoin College of Art

December 12, 2019 - May 31, 2020
Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 9400 College Station
Brunswick, ME 04011 United States
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"Maine’s Lithographic Landscapes: Town & City Views, 1830-1870” at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art explores the history of Maine town and city views published during the first fifty years of statehood through major lithographs and several related paintings. Click here for more information!

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January 2020

Exhibit: “Scenes in Circulation: Winslow Homer’s America,” Fitchburg Art Museum

January 11 - June 7
Fitchburg Art Museum, 185 Elm Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420 United States
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This exhibit displays a collection of 46 recently acquired Winslow Homer wood engravings dating from 1858–1875, offering a rare glimpse of the prints as a collective body. Together, the prints trace developments in Homer’s compositional strategies and preferred subjects—domesticity, leisure, and manual labor, all set against idyllic New England landscapes—that continued even after he abandoned illustration in the late 1880s. Click here to learn more!

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Exhibit: “Andrew Raftery: The Autobiography of a Garden,” Huntington Library

January 18, 2020 - January 4, 2021
Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, CA 91108 United States
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AHPCS members who attended the 2019 annual meeting will remember visiting Andrew Raftery's home studio in Providence. The Huntington Library is exhibiting a series of twelve plates by Raftery that chart the evolution of the garden he planted in Providence, Rhode Island, as it grew and changed over the course of a calendar year. The designs are based on Raftery's drawings and paintings, which were then engraved on a copper sheet and printed onto special decals that he laid on…

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February 2020

Exhibit: Beneath a Wild Sky: Stories of America’s Lost Birds, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

February 7 - May 3
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol
Santa Barbara, CA 93105 United States
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An exhibit about the diversity and abundance of wildlife in North America in the early 19th century as witnessed by artists and ornithologists, paired with their own prophetic warnings about wilderness loss during their time. Images of now-extinct birds illustrated by Mark Catesby, Alexander Wilson, and John James Audubon will be on display in the John and Peggy Maximus Gallery of Antique Prints at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Click here to learn more!

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Exhibit: “Beyond Midnight: Paul Revere,” Concord Museum

February 14 - June 7
Concord Museum, 53 Cambridge Turnpike
Concord, MA 01742 United States
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The Bloody Massacre by Paul Revere

Paul Revere (1734- 1818), the Revolutionary War patriot, was immortalized in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s 1860 poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride,” with the famous opening lines:  “Listen, my children, and you shall hear, of the midnight ride of Paul Revere.”  But Revere was famous for so much more than his midnight ride. A new ground-breaking exhibition by the American Antiquarian Society (AAS), Beyond Midnight: Paul Revere, features 200 objects that re-examine Revere’s life, transforming visitors’ understanding of the innovative businessman through an in-depth…

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Exhibit: “Beyond Midnight: Paul Revere,” Worcester Art Museum

February 15 - June 7
Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609 United States
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Drawing on the American Antiquarian Society's unparalleled collection of prints and books, the exhibition, Beyond Midnight: Paul Revere, will transform viewers' understanding of this iconic colonial patriot. This in-depth examination of Revere's many skills as a craftsman will help illustrate the entrepreneurial spirit of an early American artisan, who stood at the intersection of social, economic, and political life during the formation of the new nation. Examples of rare prints will be shown alongside elegant silver tea services and everyday objects,…

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Exhibit: “A Telling Instinct: John James Audubon & Contemporary Art,” Asheville Art Museum

February 21 - May 4
Asheville Art Museum, 2 South Pack Square
Asheville, NC 28801 United States
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A Telling Instinct juxtaposes the prints of John James Audubon with the work of artists who continue this tradition of animal allegories and metaphors within the context of the 21st century. Addressing the foibles and strengths that will always be part of the human condition can be made more palatable when told through the guise of the creatures that share our planet. Learn more!

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