The Garrett-Jacobs Mansion Endowment Fund
In partnership with the Walters Art Museum
Announces its 2012-2013 Lecture Series
Mount Vernon Place:
The Genesis of Art Collecting in Baltimore
In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Mount Vernon Place gained fame for its beautiful mansions and buildings designed by the leading architects and artisans of the day. John Russell Pope, Stanford White, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and the Herter Brothers, among many others, all contributed to make Mount Vernon Place a showcase of fin de siecle artistic elegance and style. The wealthy industrialists and financiers who lived in Mount Vernon Place also set the standard for art collecting in Baltimore. Their love of the arts and their vision for the future of art established the many fine collections we all now enjoy. The Garrett-Jacobs Mansion Endowment Fund and the Walters Art Museum are pleased to present four distinguished speakers who will share their expertise about the people behind the collections that helped to define Baltimore artistic standards.
Sunday, November 4: Lance Humphries
Dr. Lance Humphries will speak on Robert Gilmor, Jr., one of the most significant art collectors and patrons in the United States before the Civil War. As President of the Board of Managers of the Washington Monument Committee, Gilmor shepherded the construction of the nation’s first monument to George Washington, a role that brought him national acclaim.
Sunday, January 27: Elizabeth Schaaf
Elizabeth Schaaf is the former archivist at the Peabody Institute. She has written extensively about George Peabody and his philanthropies and will speak about the artwork collected by Peabody.
Sunday, February 3: William Johnston
(Please note: This presentation will be held at the Walters Art Museum)
Author of The Walters Art Gallery and former curator of the Walters Art Museum, William Johnson will present “William and Henry Walters: Two Generations of Collectors.”
Sunday, March 10: Sona Johnston
Former curator of painting and sculpture at the Baltimore Museum of Art and author of several books, Sona Johnston will talk about the art collected by Mary Frick Garrett Jacobs, whose collection now comprises the Jacobs wing of the BMA.
All lectures begin at 2:00 p.m. at the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion –except the February 3 lecture, which will be held at the Walters Art Museum. All tickets are $15.