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Art in the Stacks: Current Research in the Fine Arts by Scholars from the Wertheim Study: Finding Gilded Age Treasure: The Collis P. Huntington Murals at Yale

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February 24, 2010

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Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Art & Architecture Collection

"Finding Gilded Age Treasure: The Collis P. Huntington Murals at Yale," is a report by Dr. Sally Webster on her recent discovery of over thirty mural paintings by American artists commissioned by Collis P. Huntington in the early 1890s for his Fifth Avenue mansion. The artists include: Edwin Blashfield, Francis Lathrop, H. Siddons Mowbray, and Elihu Vedder. Collis’ son, Archer, donated the murals in the 1920s to Yale where they have been ever since. Her talk will include a power point presentation with vintage photographs of the mansion's interior and new jpegs of the murals.

Dr. Webster is professor emerita of American Art at Lehman College and the Graduate Center , CUNY. Her latest book is a contextual study of a mural by Mary Cassatt for the Woman’s Building at Chicago ’s 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition called Eve’s Daughter/ Modern Woman: A Mural by Mary Cassatt. In addition to her work on the Huntington murals, she is completing a book-length manuscript on America ’s first monument, Liberty ’s Heroes: Commemorating War and Freedom in Eighteenth-Century New York.

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