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Copley to Cassatt: Masterworks from the Terra Collection


Showcasing the rich history of American art, some 55 works from the collection of the Terra Foundation for the Arts and its museum, the renowned Terra Museum of American Art in Chicago, is on view in an exhibition that opened at the New Britain Museum of American Art on September 5, 2003, continuing a celebration of the New Britain Museum of American Art's Centennial Year.

Among the paintings on loan from the Terra Collection, on view through December 7, 2003 will be works by John Singleton Copley, Frederic Edwin Church, Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, Thomas Eakins, Childe Hassam Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Ammi Phillips and John Singer Sargent. (right: Ammi Phillips (1788-1865) Girl In a Red Dress, c. 1835, oil on canvas, 32 3/8 x 27 3/8 inches, Daniel J. Terra Collection)

Some 60 of the New Britain Museum of American Art's best works traveled to the Terra Museum earlier this year as part of a reciprocal exchange.

The Terra Museum of American Art was founded in 1980 by Daniel J. Terra, who revolutionized the printing ink business. The Terra's early history may sound somewhat familiar to those familiar with the New Britain Museum of American Art's early days. Terra started collecting American art during the 1970s, when it was still affordable, and amassed a collection of 700 important works of art ranging from Ammi Phillips's Girl in a Red Dress to works of the mid-20th century. Major emphasis of the collection is on paintings of the Hudson River School and American Impressionism.

The exhibition is organized by the New Britain Museum of American Art and the Terra Museum of American Art, Chicago. It is made possible in part by a grant from the David T. Langrock Foundation.

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For further biographical information on selected artists cited above please see America's Distinguished Artists, a national registry of historic artists.

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