This special exhibition featured major examples of 18th and 19th century American painting and furniture, including works by Albert Bierstadt, John Singleton Copley, Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, Thomas Moran, John Singer Sargent, Gilbert Stuart and Benjamin West, as well as high chests, desks, chairs, and tables that represent such important centers of manufacture as Philadelphia, New York, Boston, and Newport. “The University of Virginia—Thomas Jefferson’s University—has long focused on American art with a particular ephasis on the period of Jefferson’s life and legacy,” notes Jill Hartz, director of the Museum. “The exhibition strengthens the University’s commitment to its heritage and Jefferson’s philosophy.” The full-color catalogue includes essays by the collectors, Ms. Hartz, and Richard Guy Wilson, Commonwealth Professor of Architectural History, and entries on individual pieces by Andrea Douglas, curator of collections and exhibitions; Maurie McInnis, associate professor, McIntire Department of Art; Roger Stein, emeritus professor, McIntire Department of Art; and students in Ms. McInnis’s material culture seminar in Spring 2004. Henry C. (“Hank”) Landon III, a University of Virginia alumnus (BA ’44, MD ’47), is a member of the Museum’s Advisory Board. He and his wife, Barbara, have been collecting fine and decorative arts since 1961.
The exhibition was made possible with the generous support of the Museum’s Volunteer Board and members, the Oakwood Foundation, the Arts Enhancement Fund of the Provost’s Office, and the University’s Arts$ program.