George Hibbert: Collector, Philanthropist … Slaveowner

A four story, brown brick warehouse with large windows. Outside the building are signs advertising the Museum of London Docklands.

December 21, 2019

By Bethany McGlyn, WPAMC Class of 2020 [caption id="attachment_4522" align="aligncenter" width="462"] The Museum of London Docklands. Photo by Bethany J. McGlyn.[/caption] Prior to our British Design History field study, I wrestled with how best to spend the free day allotted for us in London. I assumed that I would need a break from museums after a week of visits to some of London’s most famous institutions, and expected that I’d rather spend ...

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Coming Home to Modern

A white modern house with gray trim surrounded by grass and trees.

December 12, 2019

By Joseph Litts, WPAMC Class of 2020 The Gropius house sits unassumingly at the top of a green, woody knoll in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Built in 1938, Walter Gropius designed this home for his family as an inherently New England structure, admittedly seen through the lens of international modernism. Gropius and his wife, Ise, had been instrumental figures in Weimar, Germany’s, Bauhaus school of design. The school emphasized function over form, ...

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Anonymity in Metal

November 18, 2019

By Christopher Malone, WPAMC Class of 2021 In early America, tavern and inn signboards were some of the best-known ways in which people read their surroundings beginning in the 17th century. While literacy rates are very hard to determine, its safe to say that school age children, some women and men as well as people of marginalized groups were not able to fully read or write. Literacy, however, cannot explain why simple signs with simple images were ...

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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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