Through the Eyes of the World’s People: The Materiality of Visiting Early Shaker Villages

Color-lithograph print showing Shaker men and Shaker women dressed in traditional Shaker costume dancing in the middle of a Shaker meeting house on a wooden floor. Bonnets, hats, and coats are hung up on the wall behind the dancing members. In the foreground, visitors can be seen in nineteenth century dress watching the ritual.

September 16, 2020

By Christopher Malone, '21 “Having heard of various accounts of the very singular mode of worship practiced by the people called Shaking Quakers, I this day went to visit them.” -Moses Guest, Sunday October 10, 1796 [caption id="attachment_4622" align="aligncenter" width="566"] Woodcut showing a view of Hancock Shaker Village, founded in 1790 by the Shakers in western Massachusetts. The village contains a stone round-barn built in 1826, one of ...

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Tudor Screams and Baroque Dreams: Building a Royal Legacy at Hampton Court

September 02, 2020

By Christopher Malone, '21 Long before the Victorians retrofitted Hampton Court Palace (the palace first began as a manor house in 1086 and was expanded by Thomas Wolsey in 1514 before it was taken by Henry VIII in 1526) with mock-Tudor windows, architectural ad-ons and imagined brickwork, the site went through centuries of development to match the tastes of each successive monarch during their reign and subsequent use of the palace. Cardinal Wolsey ...

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What is British about British Landscapes?

a green landscape of rolling hill with a blue sky dotted with puffy white clouds

July 28, 2020

By Thomas Busciglio-Ritter, Art History PhD Candidate The landscape surrounding William Beckford’s Lansdown Tower, perched on a hill overlooking the city of Bath, seems almost impossibly English. Beyond a cemetery strewn with tombs overgrown by vegetation, a vast expense of green pastures stretches down to the valley where the town appears. When Beckford conceived this isolated retreat, as much an architectural folly as a workspace, he engaged in a ...

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Selling Silver: Advertisements for Oneida Community Plate 1930-46

A silverware advertisement in black and white greyscale, accented by red and pink. On one side, there is silverware with a delicate floral pattern. On the other, there is a seated model dressed in a fashionable evening ensemble

July 21, 2020

By Kaila Temple, Class of 2021 Looking at an advertisement for Community Plate flatware, you might recognize the pattern.  Maybe it was the set of nice silverware your grandma brought out during the holidays, or perhaps you’ve seen it in antiques store. Either way, the silver plate flatware produced by the Oneida Company Ltd. dominated the market for middle-class silver throughout the twentieth century. [caption id="attachment_4593" ...

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