Backward in time

ART

April 18, 1996|By John Dorsey

A chair owned by George Washington and a rare portrait of him are among the pieces featured in the Maryland Historical Society's newly opened gallery devoted to "Early Maryland Life, 1634-1800."

The MHS has always had works from this period on view, but now they are gathered in two adjacent spaces, a gallery and entrance hall on the society's first floor. Rare works in the show include an engraved bottle made in Maryland about 1785-1795 and recently acquired by the MHS, a wax profile portrait of George Washington by Joseph Wright and a 1760 Queen Anne chair that belonged to Washington.

Six objects in the exhibit are equipped with a new educational tool, "history wheels," which offer interpretations of objects from three perspectives: artistic, historical and socio-economic.

At the Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St., as a permanent exhibit. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Call (410) 685-3750.

Pub Date: 4/18/96

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