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January 16, 2004

DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum announces 2004 exhibition schedule

The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum at Colonial Williamsburg, which unveils two new exhibitions in 2004, houses more than 10,000 rare objects from the foundation’s collections of 17th-, 18th- and early 19th-century English and American antiques. The museum displays a selection of permanent and changing exhibitions of furniture, metals, ceramics and glass as well as paintings, prints, maps and textiles. Several important furniture collections including the largest collection of Virginia furniture and one of the largest collections of Southern, British and American furniture join the world’s largest collection of English pottery outside England. The Wallace Museum attracts an annual visitation of approximately 215,000 guests.

NEW IN 2004:
“Subtlety in Sepia: Prints By Paul Sandby.” This magnificent selection of prints by Paul Sandby (1723-1809), one of the most influential English landscape artists during the latter half of the 18th century, will include four views by Sandby and Scottish painter Archibald Robertson (1765-1835), who together experimented with sepia tones and the aquatint process to recreate the light qualities of southern Italy. A circa 1763 black-and-white mezzotint engraving of Sandby by English portrait artist Edward Fisher completes the display. The exhibition will run Jan. 31, 2004 through
December 2006.

“Degrees of Latitude: Mapping Colonial America.” Travelers, historians and cartographers alike will delight in this extraordinary exhibition of 72 historic maps, the Custis Atlas and the original map of the Mason-Dixon Line separating the borders between the colonies of Pennsylvania and Maryland. Maps were of special importance in the 18thcentury because they substantiated land claims, settled boundary disputes and recorded the battles and adventures of the early colonists. “Degrees of Latitude” toured the country to widespread acclaim in 2003 and is the subject of an award-winning exhibition catalog of the same title. May 29, 2004 through Aug. 14, 2005.

“American Furniture: Virginia to Vermont.” This exhibition will feature highlights from the Colonial Williamsburg furniture collections of objects dating from the 17th- to 19th-centuries. Guests will be treated to a display of more than 100 pieces from three geographical regions – New England, Philadelphia and Williamsburg, Va. and the Tidewater area – and a selection of painted furniture. May 29, 2004 through April 2006.

ONGOING DISPLAYS:
“Different by Design: Furniture Styles in Early America.” This fascinating display of two-dozen pairs of furniture objects reveals the remarkable diversity of styles that existed in early America. The exhibition examines the transmission of style between regions and differing interpretations of similar styles in rural and urban society. Through Nov. 21.

“Jewelry: The Colonial Williamsburg Collection.” This gem of a display highlights 20 pieces from Colonial Williamsburg’s superb collection of English and American jewelry. Examples of gold, silver and semi-precious stones illustrate how personal adornment in the 18th century reflected the taste of the times. Through March 27, 2005.

“Pewter at Colonial Williamsburg.” This exhibition showcases more than 250 of the best examples of British and American pewter from Colonial Williamsburg’s preeminent collection. Objects include a variety of wares from lighting devices and drinking vessels to household accessories and religious objects. The exhibition also explores various technologies employed in making pewter and marks found on early examples. Through Jan. 2, 2005.

Media Contact:
Sophia Hart
(757) 220-7272



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