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Thomas Chippendale, The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director, 1754. Plate XII. Winterthur Library

Concept of Collecting Lecture Series


"Ima Hogg and H. F. du Pont, Friendly Rivals"

Sunday, March 19
1:00 pm, Copeland

David B. Warren, an expert on American decorative arts and founding director emeritus of Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, discusses the friendly competition between art collector Ima Hogg and H. F. du Pont. Members free. $15 per nonmember. Reservations encouraged. Reserve your tickets online or call 800.448.3883.


"Thomas Chippendale: The Man and the Myth"

Sunday, April 30
1:00 pm, Copeland

Join Winterthur Professor Emeritus of American Decorative Arts Brock Jobe as he recounts the remarkable story of famous furnituremaker Thomas Chippendale. $5 per member. $15 per nonmember. Reserve your tickets online or call 800.448.3883.


Evening Lecture: "From Williamsburg to Winterthur: Thomas T. Waterman and the Colonial Revival"

Tuesday, March 14     Rescheduled due to inclement weather.
Tuesday, March 21
6:00 pm, Copeland

A pivotal figure in the early history of America’s preservation and restoration movements, Thomas Tileston Waterman combined the talents of draftsman, architect, field researcher, historian, author, and advisor. Entering the office of Boston-based Gothic revivalist Ralph Adams Cram while still a teenager, he was quick to accept a position with the restoration team at Williamsburg when architectural firm Perry, Shaw and Hepburn extended the invitation in 1928. His reports, including those on the Wren Building, Governors Palace, and Raleigh Tavern, created the rationale for the restoration/reconstruction of these pivotal Colonial Williamsburg landmarks. The Williamsburg experience inspired a life-long devotion to Virginia architecture, culminating in the publication The Mansions of Virginia: 1706-1776, while the often perilous state of buildings encountered in the field fostered Waterman’s decade long association with the Historic American Buildings Survey. Tom Savage, director of Museum Affairs, discusses Thomas Waterman who became  Winterthur’s primary architect, responsible for the installation of countless rooms utilizing historic woodwork. Waterman’s last domestic commission would be the Neo Regency villa into which the du Pont’s moved when Winterthur became a museum in 1951, the year of Thomas Waterman’s untimely death from cancer at age 50. Members $10. Nonmembers $15. Reserve online or call 800.448.3883.

Presumed portrait of John Moale Russell (1784-1825). Gift of Mr. Stiles Tuttle Colwill 2016.0007

Lunchtime Lecture: “Solving the Mystery: Did Joshua Johnson paint this portrait? A Collaborative Investigation”

Thursday, March 16
12:15 pm, Rotunda

Join us for a discussion of the collaborative research efforts at Winterthur between the curatorial and conservation departments. Matthew Cushman, conservator of paintings, and Nalleli Guillen, Sewell C. Biggs Curatorial Fellow, will present highlights from their ongoing project with Stephanie Delamaire, curator of fine art, to attribute a recently acquired nineteenth-century portrait to African American painter Joshua Johnson. This includes genealogical and historical research on the subject, conservation assessment and treatment, and comparison with other known portraits by the painter. Members free. Included with admission.

Michael Tonello, photo by Cheryl Clegg

Treasures on Trial Lecture Series

Evening Lecture: "A Silver Lining: How Fraud in the Fine Art Photography Market Catalyzed Groundbreaking Research and Scholarship"

Tuesday, April 18
6:00 pm, Copeland

Paul Messier, Pritzker Director, Lens Media Lab, Yale University Institute for Preservation of Cultural Heritage, will discuss issues of fraud and authenticity in the fine art photography market. Copeland Lecture Hall. $10 per Member. $15 nonmember. Reserve online or call 800.448.3883.


Evening Lecture: "The Hermès Birkin Bag in a Counterfeit World"

Tuesday, May 9
6:00 pm, Copeland

For more than 20 years, the Hermès Birkin bag has been the iconic symbol of fashion, luxury, and wealth. Best-selling author Michael Tonello chronicles the unusual ventures that took him to nearly every continent—and from eBay to Paris auction houses and into the lives of celebrities and poseurs alike—on the road to becoming a successful entrepreneur and Robin Hood to thousands of desperate rich women. Along the ride, we'll learn the secrets to authenticating designer handbags. $10 per Member. $15 per nonmember. Reserve online or call 800.448.3883.

Jane Kamensky, Photo by Nina Subin

Lecture: "A Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley"


Saturday, May 6
2:00 pm, Copeland

Harvard historian Jane Kamensky looks through the eyes of painter John Singleton Copley to reveal an unknown American Revolution. Drawn from Kamensky's riveting new book A Revolution in Color, the talk brings Copley's world and art to life, while exploring the fraught relationships between liberty and slavery, duty and ambition, legacy and posterity: tensions that shaped Copley's America, and beset us still. $10 per Member. $15 per nonmember. Reserve online or call 800.448.3883.

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