American colonial elites surrounded themselves with paintings, furniture, and other objects to shape their identities, and set themselves apart from other elements of society
‘The ingenious Captain Peale” sired a dynasty of painters and started America’s first great museum.
America’s Patrick O’Brian isn’t a writer; he’s a painter
“An unconquerable mind in a frame of iron”
Forgotten paintings by George Catlin, who saw the West unspoiled, turn up again to recall the marvels that unfolded before the eyes of the heroic French explorer
The Middle West has put its stamp on many artists’ work