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Illustrated lecture at museum Sunday

January 14, 2011

In association with the exhibition, the museum presents an illustrated lecture, "‘An Agreeable Present': Portrait Miniatures in America" by Anne Verplanck at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16,  in the Bowman Gallery, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.

  Portrait miniatures were intimate objects that were often given or exchanged at the time of marriage. This presentation will focus on portrait miniatures in the mid-Atlantic in the late 1700s and 1800s, highlighting some of the artists featured in the exhibition and discussing the choices patrons made when commissioning a portrait.

 Verplanck is an associate professor of American Studies at Penn State University, Harrisburg. She spent 30 years working in the museum field, most recently as the curator of Prints and Paintings at Winterthur Museum. She is currently researching a book on the graphic arts of Philadelphia, for which she received several research fellowships.

She has lectured widely on the topic of portraiture and has curated several exhibitions on the subject. She co-edited, with Emma Lapsansky, the book "Quaker Aesthetics," published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. A graduate of Connecticut College, she earned her Master of Arts and doctorate degrees at the College of William and Mary.

The lecture is free. Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is in City Park, Hagerstown.

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