Collecting in Victorian America: The Great Divide of the Gilded Age
July 11 @ 12:00 pm - November 4 @ 4:00 pm$6 - $20
From stereoscopic views, precursors of 3D technology, to reduced casts of renowned sculptures, this exhibit highlights how collecting during the Gilded Age underscored an era of unprecedented mobility and scientific breakthroughs, a way to experience new inventions and discoveries and expand on a newfound understanding of the world. Collecting became a significant diversion from the grim realities of the era, while improved standards of living, transportation technology, and mass productions enabled Americans across gender and class, to participate in the science.
The exhibit will feature a rare gold bracelet with a lock of hair given by Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, Victoria Adelaide, Princess Royal, to her governess Madame Rollande de la Sauge, Private collection; Albumen prints of Egypt, France, and Italy, 1870s-80s, courtesy of The Westport Library; a Japanese kimono, circa 1876, from the Mathews Family, LMMM Permanent collections; a reduced cast of Hiram Powers’, The Greek Slave, 1847, courtesy of Westport Historical Society; and a John Rogers sculpture group, Taking the Oath and Drawing Rations, 1865, courtesy of the New Canaan Historical Society; exotic orchids, ferns, and flowering plants¬¬ courtesy of Danna DiElsi, The Silk Touch.