Stories for September 2005

Art in America

September 30, 2005

John Singleton Copley, Mrs. George Watson, 1765, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 1991.189 In 1762, American painter John Singleton Copley wrote to Swiss miniaturist Jean-Etienne Liotard about the condition of the arts in the American colonies: You may perhaps be surprised...

Introducing Eye Level

September 29, 2005

William Henry Rinehart, Harriet Lane Johnston, 1873, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 1994.72 I sat down with a gloss of the history of the Smithsonian arts holdings (adapted from William Kloss's Treasures from the National Museum of American Art) thinking that...