In Pursuit of History

A Lifetime Collecting Colonial American Art and Artifacts

Edited by H. Richard Dietrich III and Deborah M. Rebuck; With contributions by H. Richard Dietrich III, David L. Barquist, Edward S. Cooke Jr., Michael P. Dyer, Kathleen A. Foster, Morrison H. Heckscher, Philip C. Mead, Lisa Minardi, Deborah M. Rebuck, and William S. Reese
 

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January 28, 2020
304 pages, 9 1/2 x 11 1/2
215 color illus.
ISBN: 9780876332931
Hardcover

Distributed for the Philadelphia Museum of Art in association with Dietrich American Foundation

A tribute to a major collection and its founder, this beautiful book illuminates life in colonial America

This book showcases highlights from the Dietrich American Foundation, established in 1963 by H. Richard Dietrich Jr. and focused on 18th-century American fine and decorative arts. Essays explore the formation of the collection and its many areas of strength, enhancing current understandings of colonial history and material culture. The volume’s coeditor, H. Richard Dietrich III, unfolds an American story of a family’s entrepreneurship and speaks to his father’s varied yet interconnected collecting interests, as well as the common threads that unified them. An array of specialists explore the scope and uncommon richness of the foundation’s holdings, of which books and manuscripts account for half. Chinese export wares, furniture, silver, fraktur, and other decorative arts, and paintings of historical importance speak in varied ways to the nature of colonial identity, while objects related to the whaling trade signal the new nation’s maritime focus. With striking new photography and insightful scholarship, In Pursuit of History brings to life both the collector and the time period that he loved.

H. Richard Dietrich III is president, and Deborah M. Rebuck is curator, both of the Dietrich American Foundation.
ADDITIONAL MATERIALS
Myer Myers

Jewish Silversmith in Colonial New York

David L.

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Thomas Eakins Rediscovered

Charles Bregler`s Thomas Eakins Collection at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Kathleen A. Foster

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Paul Mellon's Legacy

A Passion for British Art

John Baskett, Jules David Prown, Duncan Robinson, Brian All

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American Presidential China

The Robert L. McNeil, Jr., Collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Susan Gray Detweiler; With an introduction by David L.

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Thomas Chambers

American Marine and Landscape Painter, 1808-1869

Kathleen A. Foster

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