Newportraits

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Newport Art Museum (R.I.)
UPNE, 2000 - Art - 328 pages
A lavishly illustrated catalog of portraits of Newport residents from the eighteenth century to the present.
Newport, Rhode Island, has always been a fabled American city. From 1639 when it was founded by religious dissidents from the Massachusetts Bay Colony until the Revolution, it was one of the five most important commercial centers in the colonies, aided, no doubt, by its unusual policy of religious toleration. Occupied and burned by the British during the war, Newport never regained its commercial importance, but by the end of the nineteenth century it had become the Gilded Age's most glamorous resort community and site of the grandest parties and summer houses of the national Social Register. Though much of the glamor has evaporated, it is still one of most visited summer resort locations.
In 1992, the Newport Art Museum assembled an exhibition of 223 portraits of Newporters painted over a period of three centuries. It presented not just a gallery of the Newport elite and some of its haute bourgeoisie, but also a showcase of the most famous portraitists and portrait styles throughout United States history. Artists represented in this collectionrange from the great colonial portraitists Gilbert Stuart, Robert Feke, and John Singleton Copley to such modern figures as Diego Rivera, Larry Rivers, and Andy Warhol.
 

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Contents

The Colonial Period 3 5
39
From the Revolution to the Civil War
64
The Gilded Age
84
The Brown Family
108
The Cushing Family
138
The Vanderbilt Family i5 6
156
The Morris Family
186
Portraits on Paper
199
Gentlemen of the Club
233
The Sporting Scene
246
Gentlemen and Ladies of the Early Twentieth Century
264
Olive Bigelow Pell
273
Portraits of Children
282
Ladies of the Twentieth Century
296
After World War II
312
INDEX OF ARTISTS AND SITTERS
323

The Art of the Silhouette
224

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