Highlights from the Fielding Collection of Early American Art: Portrait of Albert G. Gilman
With his wife Karin looking on, Jonathan Fielding describes A. Ellis’s painting of Albert G. Gilman, made in 1831. Only fifteen portraits by Ellis are now known to exist and many of those are in disrepair. Fielding says this particular work is quite an “exceptional piece” with vibrant colours and a modern flair.
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Highlights from the Fielding Collection of Early American Art: Collecting
Jonathan and Karin Fielding talk about their collection focus on American ingenuity manifested in utilitarian American art by craftspeople in rural New England from the 18th through 19th centuries.
Alexander Calder’s Jerusalem Stabile at The Huntington
Sandy Rower, president of the Calder Foundation, discusses the process and creation of Alexander Calder's last signed stabile, which was lent to The Huntington in 2015. Learn more about this work.
Real American Places: Edward Weston and ‘Leaves of Grass’
The photographs from this exhibition illuminate an understudied chapter of Edward Weston’s career. In 1941, the Limited Editions Book Club approached him to collaborate on a deluxe edition of Walt Whitman’s poetry collection, “Leaves of Grass.”
Highlights from the Fielding Collection of Early American Art: Tall Case Clock
Jonathan Fielding discusses his “Tall Case Clock,” circa 1820, by Riley Whiting of Winchester, Connecticut. While Whiting painted the face and made the works, says Fielding, someone else worked on the case.
Huntington Art Gallery: Chimneypiece
In elegant houses, the chimneypiece served as a room’s decorative focal point and was often carved with fashionable ornament. The carving on this example celebrates wine and the revelry that accompanies its consumption.
Highlights from the Fielding Collection of Early American Art: Sheldon Peck Portrait
Jonathan Fielding talks about an untitled portrait painted in the 1820s by Sheldon Peck. The painting was uncovered in 1997 by the popular television series Antiques Roadshow.