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May 3, 2004
CONTACT: Catherine Rogers Arthur

Clock and Watchmaking in Early Maryland
Exhibition at Homewood House Museum

Timepieces from the late 18th and early 19th centuries will be on display in a new exhibition, Clock and Watchmaking in Early Maryland, from Friday, Sept. 10, through Sunday, Nov. 28, at the Homewood House Museum on the campus of The Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore. A free preview reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 10 will open the exhibition.

Featuring more than 20 tall case clocks, pocket watches, and French mantle clocks on loan from private collections and museums from across the state and from the Homewood House collection, the exhibition will explore diverse facets of Maryland clock and watchmaking in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Topics will range from the mechanism of the weight-driven clock to the social and economic histories of and relationships between craftsmen (including cabinetmakers, clock and watchmakers, and importers) and their patrons. The survey exhibition will include clocks made in Maryland and imported clocks with a known history of ownership in the state. Although Baltimore examples will be most numerous, examples from other cities, such as Annapolis and Frederick, will also be on display. Specific clocks associated with the Carroll family, the original owners of Homewood House, and documented references to their clock and watch purchases and repairs, will be highlighted.

"In addition to the most obvious function of telling time, a sounding clock also served the social function of regulating the goings-on of a household," exhibition curator Catherine Rogers Arthur said. "Elaborately ornamented and inlaid clock cases were not only functional, but decorative objects, conveying the taste and status of the owner. In this respect, the exhibition provides us with a means to examine and share with our visitors multiple layers of understanding of the daily lives of early Marylanders."

Throughout the fall, special tours, lectures, and programs will be offered in conjunction with the exhibition. Homewood House is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors (65 and older), and $3 for students. For information, call Homewood House Museum at (410) 516-5589.

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