The Quiet Circle
September 1, 2017 – November 23, 2017
W.R. Hamilton, Portrait of Catherine Masterton, 1834
29 ¼ x 24 ¾ inches. Oil on canvas.
On loan from Mary Huber.
In 1841 the influential educator Catharine Beecher (1800–1878) wrote that although American women of her time were confined to “the quiet circle” of domesticity, they had “a manly energy” and sometimes showed “the hearts and minds of men.” What was it like to be female in19th-century America?
Bartow-Pell’s 2017 fall exhibition explores the diverse lives of 19th-century women and girls, from household servants to society women. A fancy dress for a costume ball, a doll’s tea set, and an engraving of women working in a hoop-skirt factory are among the artwork, clothing, domestic items, books, ephemera, and decorative arts that tell the story of female lives in the past. These objects will be on view throughout the fall in the library exhibition space as well as in the period rooms.
A highlight is a superb portrait of a young member of the Masterton family of Bronxville (owners of the Tuckahoe marble quarry). This exquisite 1834 painting of Catherine Jane Masterton by the Scottish-born artist William Hamilton (1795–1879) belongs to a private collector of Americana and has rarely been on public view.
By 1900, although many women still stayed within the domestic sphere, some had entered the professions or were advocates for social reform. And one hundred years ago, in 1917, women got the right to vote in New York State, making this a fitting time to recognize the critical era leading up to that landmark in women’s history.
FROM PELLS TO PARKS
September 24, 2016 – August 30, 2017
The Treaty Oak, attributed to Nanette Bolton (1815-1884). Oil on canvas.
On loan from the Huguenot & New Rochelle Historical Association.
An exhibition that explores the history of the Pelham Bay Park, including four centuries and four distinct periods of the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum.
PLEIN AIR PAINTINGS OF THE BARTOW-PELL GARDENS
July 1 – September 23, 2016
Mary Colby, Artist in the Garden, 2016
acrylics on artist board
8 x 12 inches
In celebration of the centennial of the formal garden, artists were invited to paint the gardens en plein air on June 9, in conjunction with the annual summer luncheon on the theme of French classical gardens. Paintings created outdoors capture the changing light and atmospheric mood of the historical landmarks and hidden treasures of the Bartow-Pell gardens and grounds. Featured artists include Michele Basora, Mary Colby, Sofya Dudnik, Elise Fechtmann, C’naan Hamburger, Thomas Legaspi, Sarah Olson, Julie Ortiz, Kim Power, Linda Sacewicz, Greg Thielker, Melanie Vote, and Alice Elisabeth Waite.
GARDEN CENTENNIAL EXHIBITION
September 2 – November 6, 2016
Fitzhugh Karol Pulse, 2013-14
carved white pine, tar (tar-coated wood sculptures)
12-13′ tall, steel X base