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Creating Brilliance: A 21st-Century Look at 19th-Century Lighting

A Winterthur Conference

October 27–28, 2017

Join lighting specialists and enthusiasts, museum and historic house curators, students, and preservation and technology experts for a two-day symposium focused on material and social histories of artificial light in North American interiors.

During the nascent era of electrical lighting, Winterthur Museum’s founder Henry Francis du Pont sought to balance desires for modernity and authenticity in the rooms and spaces he created. The dialogue between artificial light and decorative arts remains pertinent today. Please join us for these illuminating conversations and live demonstrations of nineteenth-century lighting devices.

Registration opens April 4, 2017.





Images: Peddler’s Trade Catalogue, Paris, France, 1806–13. Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera, Winterthur Library; Argand lamps, England, 1785–95. Gift of Henry Francis du Pont. 1961.1692.1 A-D-.2 A-D; Solar lamp, Cornelius & Company, Philadelphia, 1849–51. Museum purchase with funds provided by the Special Fund for Collection Objects. 1992.111

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