Written by Claire Lanier.
Admit it―it’s hard not to smile when you’re looking at Jumping Jack. He’s fun, he’s wacky, he’s relaxed (is he lying in shavasana?). Jack the toy clown gets you.
So why is it that when we call Jack a “toy,” we smile, but when we call him folk art, we create a disconnect? Folk art doesn’t get a ton of love. We often think fine art is for the dining room, and folk...Read More
The champion racing yacht Marietta set sail from Pier A in lower Manhattan on the chilly late morning of September 22, 1897. Mrs. Edith Gifford was aboard along with fellow members of the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs (NJSFWC) and their male allies from the American Scenic and Historic Preservation Society (ASHPS). This was not a pleasure cruise for the civically-minded passengers: They were hoping to get an up-close view of the destruction...Read More
Next week, Beauty's Legacy: Gilded Age Portraits in America opens at the New-York Historical Society. The exhibition examines the popular resurgence of portraiture in the United States during the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century, when many families—enjoying newfound wealth brought on by industrial expansion—sought to document those their new wealth benefited.
One such woman was Caroline LeRoy Appleton Edgar, who was Mrs. Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte when this miniature was commissioned by Peter Marié, a New York socialite who commissioned...Read More
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