Homewood House Museum will showcase the engraved prints of William Russel Birch and his son, Thomas Birch, in an exhibition Views of Philadelphia ... As It Appeared in the Year 1800. The exhibit opens Thursday, Jan. 3, 2002, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
William and Thomas Birch emigrated to America from England in 1794. They settled in Philadelphia and created an illustrative record of city life and architecture. A total of 27 engravings were created and made available through subscription. Maryland subscribers to the series of Birch prints included Charles Carroll of Homewood, Charles Carroll of Carrollton, John Eager Howard of Belvedere, Alexander Brown Jr.; Charles Ridgely of Hampton and Edward Lloyd. The Library Company of Baltimore purchased the prints as well.
Views of Philadelphia ... As It Appeared in the Year 1800 will be the Homewood House Museum's first Focus Show, intended to be an annual event. The exhibit will examine early-19th century printmaking techniques, the sale and marketing of prints in early America and framing and hanging conventions of the day. Several lectures and programs are planned in conjunction with the exhibition: On Thursday, Jan. 10 at 6 p.m., print scholar and author S. Robert Teitelman will present a lecture, "Birch's Views of Philadelphia Revisited," in the AMR I Multipurpose Room at Johns Hopkins University, located at 3400 N. Charles St. A book signing and wine and cheese reception will be held at Homewood House Museum following the lecture.
On Saturday, Jan. 12, from 10 a.m. to noon, Maryland Institute College of Art instructor Tonia Matthews will host "Exploring Printmaking: Etching & Drypoint" in the printmaking studio at MICA. On Thursday, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m., William Adair, founder of Gold Leaf Studios in Washington, D.C., will speak about "The Frame in Early America.," followed by a demonstration and reception. Location to be announced.
On Friday, Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. to noon, Ernie Atkinson of Briewood Engravers will speak about "Exploring Printmaking: Engraving." The event will be held at Briewood Engravers, located on Washington Boulevard in Baltimore. The exhibition continues through Feb. 28, 2002. For more information on View of Philadelphia ... As It Appeared in the Year 1800 or to make reservations for any of the programs, call 410-516-8639 or visit www.jhu.edu/historichouses.
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