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August 26, 2003

Colonial Williamsburg Lectures Focus on British Decorative Arts

The British are coming! The British are coming! Colonial Williamsburg’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum will host three scholars to discuss treasures from the United Kingdom. All lectures are included in museum admission.

Lecture dates and times are as follows:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 1, 4 p.m.-“Maids and Mistresses: Women and the Yorkshire County House.” Dr. Terry Suthers, director and chief executive, Harewood House Trust, Yorkshire, England, will explore Harewood House and six other great Yorkshire houses to illustrate the accomplishments of artists as well as the fascinating lives of women above and below stairs. This lecture is co-sponsored by the Royal Oak Foundation, an American affiliate of the National Trust, Britain’s leading charitable conservation organization.

  • Friday, Oct. 17, 4 p.m.-“The Art Market Between the Wars.” Timothy Schroder, consultant curator at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England, and author of numerous books on silver and gold, will discuss art trading during the first half of the 20th century.

  • Thursday, Nov. 13, 5 p.m.-“Exteriors and Interiors: Building a House in 18th-Century England.” James Ayres, former director of collections of the American Museum in Bath, England, will conduct this lecture, which is co-sponsored by Colonial Williamsburg and Sotheby’s.

    The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s award-winning DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, supported by the DeWitt Wallace Fund for Colonial Williamsburg, displays the foundation’s exceptional collection of English and American decorative arts. The museum is on Francis Street near Merchants Square and is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. For program information, call (757) 220-7724.

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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