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Charles Willson Peale, The Artists in His Museum, 1822. Gift of Mrs. Sarah Harrison (The Joseph Harrison Jr. Collection). Courtesy, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

Lecture: “Ordering the Cosmos: Charles Willson Peale and the Philadelphia Museum”

Tuesday, September 27
6:00 pm, Copeland

In 1790, Charles Willson Peale announced to the citizens of the United States that he was prepared to open a museum of "objects of natural history and things useful and curious," which he hoped might one day be recognized as a cultural and scientific repository for the nation. It was to represent the culmination of a long and distinguished career in art and science that made Peale one of the most remarkably versatile figures of his age. Peale's Philadelphia Museum, which flourished well into the 19th century, raised questions and set standards for other American museums that are still applicable today. Using images of Peale's remarkable collections of paintings and artifacts, Robert McCracken Peck, senior fellow of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, will discuss Peale's seminal contributions to American art and science and place his museum in its broader cultural, artistic, and scientific context. Members $5. Nonmembers $15.

United East India Company, quilt, India 1700-1800. Gift of Miss Gertrude Brinckle 1960.789

Lecture: “The Flowering Tree: An Exotic Motif that Transcends Time and Place”

Thursday, September 29
Rotunda, 12:15 pm

Linda Eaton, John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw Director of Collections, Winterthur, explores the exotic flowering tree, one of the most popular designs that traveled from Asia to Europe and the Americas, influenced designers around the world from the 17th to the 19th century, and is still fashionable today.  Members free. Included with admission.

Concept of Collecting Lecture: “Superfluity and Excess: Classical Splendor in Philadelphia”

Sunday, October 2
1:00 pm, Copeland

The Walns’ furniture has long been admired for its sleek look, extravagantly painted surfaces, and shockingly innovative upholstery. Alexandra Kirtley, curator of American Decorative Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art, takes a look into the fascinating parlor furniture that once scandalized many Philadelphians. Reservations encouraged. Members free. $15 per nonmember.

Behind-the-Scenes Ceramics and Glass Study Room Talk

Thursday, October 27
3:30–4:30 pm

Join Leslie B. Grigsby, Senior Curator of Ceramics and Glass, in Winterthur’s private ceramics and glass study and storage area, where you’ll learn about, and experience up close, ceramics objects of Chinese origin and influence from the collection not regularly on view to the public.

Sarah Parks, project manager, Boston Furniture Archive, Winterthur

Made in the Americas Lunchtime Lecture: “British Cotton Textile Trade Routes to Brazil”

Thursday, October 27
12:15 pm, Rotunda

Sarah B. Parks, project manager, Boston Furniture Archive, Winterthur, explores the 19th-century trade of British printed cotton textiles to Brazil. Members free. Included with admission.

Members-Only Lecture & Reception: “The Taste for Chinese at Winterthur”

Thursday, October 27
Copeland, 5:30–6:30 pm

Senior Curator of Ceramics and Glass Leslie B. Grigsby will focus on the museum’s broad range of Chinese material—from porcelain and paintings to furniture and house rooms. Lecture followed by a 6:30 pm reception in the Visitor Center Garden Café featuring light refreshments and a cash bar. Members only. Members free. (Members may bring 2 guests using guest passes). Reservations encouraged. Call 800.448.3883.

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