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Thomas Day: Master Craftsman and Free Man of Color
(University of North Carolina Press, 2010)
by Patricia Phillips Marshall and Jo Ramsay Leimenstoll.

This beautifully illustrated book accompanies the current exhibition of Thomas Day furniture and woodwork at the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery. The book presents a new understanding of the powerful sense of aesthetics and design that mark Day’s legacy. Thomas Day furniture and interior woodwork were seen at the Lynchburg symposium.

 

Capricious Fancy: Draping and Curtaining the Historic Interior, 1800–1930
(University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012)
by Gail Caskey Winkler.

Capricious Fancy chronicles the changes in fashionable curtain and drapery styles in the United States and Europe from the Industrial Revolution to the early 20th century. With 325 images and historical commentary from a leading educator and historic preservation practitioner, Capricious Fancy is a source of authentic inspiration for preservation professionals, interior designers, set designers, museum curators, and anyone with a passion for period décor. Winkler, expert on period window treatments and textiles, masterfully and beautifully presents this much needed source of draping and curtaining.

 

Sargent’s Daughters: The Biography of a Painting
(Museum of Fine Arts Boston, 2009)
by Erica E. Hirshler

A must-read before the Concord symposium! Hirshler explores John Singer Sargent’s iconic The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit from a variety of angles, citing unpublished archival documents to discuss the canvas’ significance as a work of art, the people involved in its making and what became of them, its importance to Sargent’s career, is place in the tradition of artistic patronage, and its changing meanings and lasting popularity. We will see the large urns and the painting at the MFAB in the fall.

 

The Manor: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013)
by Mac Griswold

Mac Griswold’s lecture topic, Sylvester Manor, at our Long Island symposium will finally be published in July. It brings together the stories of the landscape and domestic and social culture at Sylvester Manor, which has remained in the same family through eleven generations and three and half centuries.

 

Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution
by Nathaniel Philbrick

Recommended by Brock Jobe, Trust Governor, to read before our Concord Symposium, Four Centuries of Furniture in and around Boston, this fall.

 

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