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Haunting Likenesses: The Anonymous 19th-Century Woman in Photographic Portraits

This post discusses photographic portraits in Bartow-Pell’s fall exhibition, The “Quiet Circle”: Women and Girls in 19th-Century America, on view until November 19. The faces look out at us. Their eyes lock ours. Long ago, they stared into a camera … Continue reading

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They Will Do It Anyway: Bloomers, Cycling, and the New Woman

This post discusses an 1897 advertisement for bicycle tires in BPMM’s fall exhibition, The “Quiet Circle”: Women and Girls in 19th-Century America, on view until November 19. In 1898, the ex-governor of Ohio, Joseph B. Foraker, contributed to an article … Continue reading

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One Thousand “Girls” and the “Indestructible” Crinoline: W. S. and C. H. Thomson’s Skirt Manufactory

This post discusses an 1859 engraving of W. S. and C. H. Thomson’s Skirt Manufactory in Bartow-Pell’s fall exhibition, The “Quiet Circle”: Women and Girls in 19th-Century America, on view until November 19. The year is 1859, and an extreme … Continue reading

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Neo-Classical Darlings: Two Watercolors after Adam Buck

  Americans love British imports—the Beatles, tea and scones, Noel Coward, Downton Abbey, James Bond, Hunter wellies. The list is endless. And it was the same in the nineteenth century, when the Brit invasion included Charles Dickens, Staffordshire ceramics, Argand … Continue reading

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Women and Girls in 19th-Century America: The “Quiet Circle”?

People sometimes assume that American women in the 19th century were meek and undemanding homebodies. But were they? Well, some probably were, but certainly not all, and things were starting to change. According to the influential American educator Catharine E. … Continue reading

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A New Floor with an Old Look: Bartow-Pell’s “Floor Cloth”

Bartow-Pell learned in September 2017 that it is the proud winner of a Greater Hudson Heritage Network 2017 Award for Excellence for its Historic Preservation Floor Covering Project. Kudos to our curatorial committee and to artist Franklin Tartaglione for their … Continue reading

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The Bartows and Art: A Lost Portrait, Famous Relatives, and Artistic Neighbors

We don’t know if the Bartow family had an interest in art, but we do know that they lived in the midst of artists, collectors, and a thriving art market. Robert Bartow and Maria Lorillard married in 1827 and set … Continue reading

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