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Portraits of Sandwich - Denizens of Cape Cod's Oldest Town

 

 Portrait of Young Girl - Eunice Wardsworth Battles (1820-1878)   Daughter of Benjamin and Zilpha Battles of Sandwich                                                    

Our Special Exhibition, Portraits of SandwichDenizens of Cape Cod's Oldest Town, The Portrait Collection of the Sandwich Historical Society, will be on display in the Special Exhibition Gallery from March 1 to July 21, 2013. Although the stories may be local, the faces are timeless.  These frozen moments in time represent a bygone era.  We hope that you will join us for this extraordinary opportunity to view this rarely exhibited collection.

Today your photograph can be uploaded almost instantaneously, however, in the 18th and 19th centuries a portrait had to be carefully planned.  Depending on the quality of a portrait a sitting could last for several days or in the hands of a master, months.  These stately figures have graced homes through the years, casting a watchful eye on their descendants.

From oil paintings to the introduction of photography this wonderfully diverse collection focuses on the 19th century Sandwich was a thriving community and the home of the famed Boston & Sandwich Glass Company.  Although many of glass factory workers are featured, portraits of religious figures, war heroes, artists, and local celebrities help to round out the collection.  Artifacts relating to the individuals are also on display.

There will be a Gallery Talk on Thursday, March 14 at 1:30 p.m. on Portraits of Sandwich: Denizens of Cape Cod's Oldest Town by Curator Dorothy Hogan-Schofield.

               

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