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Lions & eagles & bulls : early American tavern & inn signs from the Connecticut Historical Society

Author: Connecticut Historical Society.
Publisher: Hartford, Conn. : Connecticut Historical Society in association with Princeton University Press, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This catalogue - published in conjunction with a major traveling exhibition - features works from The Connecticut Historical Society, which houses the nation's preeminent collection of early American painted tavern signs. Eight essays, written by prominent scholars of American art and cultural history, explore the medium and discuss why these signs are much more than picturesque relics of bygone times. Indeed, this  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogs
History
Exhibition catalogues
Exhibitions
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Connecticut Historical Society.
ISBN: 0691070601 9780691070605 1881264076 9781881264071
OCLC Number: 49525304
Notes: Exhibition dates, the Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, Conn., Oct. 26, 2000-April 30, 2001 and others.
Description: 279 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm
Contents: Foreword / David M. Kahn --
1. Introduction: Rediscovering the Public Art of Early American Inn Signs / Susan P. Schoelwer --
2. Signs of the Times: A Brief Cultural History of Sign Painting / Bryan J. Wolf --
3. Reading the Signs: An Object History of Tavern Signs from Connecticut, 1750-1850 / Philip D. Zimmerman --
4. "Some suitable Signe ... for the direction of Strangers": Signboards and the Enterprise of Innkeeping in Connecticut / Margaret C. Vincent --
5. Lions and Eagles and Other Images on Early Inn Signs / Nancy Finlay --
6. "Faithfully and Promptly Executed": A Conservator's View of Sign Painting / Sandra L. Webber --
7. Weather It Is or Whether It Isn't / Alexander M. Carlisle --
8. From Tavern Signs to Golden Arches: A Landscape of Signs / Catherine Gudis --
9. Signs of the Past in the Present / Kenneth L. Ames --
10. Afterword: Signs in American Art and Cultural History / Susan P. Schoelwer --
Catalogue: Plates of The Connecticut Historical Society Collection of Early American Tavern and Inn Signs --
Morgan B. Brainard, 1879-1957, and the Brainard Tavern Sign Collection / Ellsworth S. Grant --
Catalogue Entries / Philip D. Zimmerman, Margaret C. Vincent and Susan P. Schoelwer --
App. 1. Sign Painters in Connecticut, 1760-1850 / Margaret C. Vincent --
App. 2. Checklist of Connecticut Tavern and Inn Signs / Philip D. Zimmerman and Margaret C. Vincent --
App. 3. Conservation Treatemtnt Protocol.
Other Titles: Lions and eagles and bulls
Responsibility: edited by Susan P. Schoelwer ; essays by Philip D. Zimmerman [and others].
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