Collecting a Liquid Library

Glass flask covered with orange paper featuring a print of George Washington, the title “Washington,” and a poem in French.

November 10, 2019

By Cara Caputo, WMAPC Class 0f 2021 You might not be surprised to see a book on George Washington sitting on a library shelf, but you’d soon realize that the contents of Esprit de Washington hold liquid spirits rather than tales of the figure’s military and political feats. With its paper covers and imitation leather spine, this flask would have easily blended in with a shelf of books, but once removed, its true function as a flask would have been ...

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Introduction to Material Life Papers

October 31, 2019

Winterthur Fellows in the Class of 2020 produced these papers in the fall of 2018 during the Introduction to Material Life class taught by Dr. J. Ritchie Garrison. The papers build on work the students began in August during Introduction to the Decorative Arts taught by Dr. Thomas Guiler. The papers went through three iterations in the following semester as each student focused on refining the analysis of their object through the perspectives of domestic, ...

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Knitting in Nottingham: Hands-on Experience with Historic Knitting Frames

A close up photograph of knit fabric with two inverse hearts visible in the patterning.

October 30, 2019

[caption id="attachment_4485" align="aligncenter" width="1436"] Manually converting knit stitches to purl stitches with a tiny hook on an operational knitting frame this summer at the Framework Knitters Museum in Nottingham, UK.[/caption] By Emily Whitted, WPAMC Class of 2020 An aspect of my thesis that I’m researching while at Winterthur focuses on a little-understood textile technology: the knitting frame. Also called the stocking loom (although ...

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Southern Trip Discoveries: An Addendum to a Past Post- Moravians Were Copyists Far and Wide

Figure 1. Painting of emperor on back of rearing white horse.

October 25, 2019

By Olivia Armandroff, WPAMC Class of 2020 In a previous post, I explored a collection of drawings from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries done by students at Nazareth Hall, a Moravian Boarding School in Pennsylvania, which are now collated in a scrapbook in the Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Ephemera at Winterthur. The students’ work shows they were adept at copying from prints, such as The Death of General Schwerin, which ...

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