Facing the Past: Portraits from the Permanent Collection
March 20 - August 15, 1999
In honor of the tercentenary of the City of Williamsburg, the Muscarelle Museum of Art at The College of William and Mary has organized an exhibition of portraits drawn from its permanent collection.
Facing the Past: Portraits from the Permanent Collection draws on a collection of over one hundred English and American portraits from the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries by distinguished English and American artists. Many of the portraits represent influential and historic individuals who were instrumental in the development of The College of William and Mary; others were important to the history of Virginia and the nation. The subjects include King William III and Queen Mary II of England; Reverend James Blair, founder and first president of The College of William and Mary; members of the historic Page and Bolling-Randolph families; Dr. James Greenway, a noted Virginia botanist; and William Short, America's first career diplomat.
Among the artists represented are Rembrandt Peale, John Durand, Charles Bridges, William Hubard, Eastman Johnson, and John Wollaston. Selections from the Museum's portrait collection have been reproduced in over fifty publications world-wide since 1978. Many of these books and articles are on display during the exhibition.
An illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition. The guest essayists are Brandon Brame Fortune, Assistant Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC; Graham Hood, Carlisle H. Humelsine Chief Curator Emeritus, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation; Louise Lambert Kale, Executive Director, Historic Campus, The College of William and Mary; Scott R. Nelson, Assistant Professor, Department of History, The College of William and Mary; Ann Madonia, Curator of Collections, Muscarelle Museum of Art, The College of William and Mary; and Bonnie G. Kelm, Director of the Muscarelle Museum of Art. This is the first publication to cover the history and highlights of this widely known collection as it now exists.
The exhibition, catalogue and related programs are funded, in part, by the 300th Anniversary Commission of the City of Williamsburg and the Williamsburg Art Commission, and by the Joseph and Margaret Muscarelle Art Endowment Fund.
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Images from top to bottom (please click on thumbnail images to enlarge them): John Durand, 18th Century, Portrait of Dr. James Greenway, c. 1780, oil on canvas, gift of President John Stewart Bryan, 1937.009; John Durand, 18th Century, Portrait of Mrs. James Greenway, c. 1780, oil on canvas, gift of President John Stewart Bryan, 1937.010; William Hubard, Portrait of Mary Bolling, 1940.009; William Hubard, Portrait of Col. William Bolling, 1940.008
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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