Exploring the Athenaeum: Tips of the Iceberg
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (EDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The Athenaeum of Philadelphia is pleased to announce the next in its gallery lecture series, Exploring the Athenaeum: Tips of the Iceberg, on August 6, 2014 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm at the Athenaeum. This month’s lecture, led by Dr. Sandra Tatman, Executive Director of at the Athenaeum, will provide a lively and informative discussion about Thomas Sully and Henry Inman’s portraits of Lydia Leaming Smith. Both portraits are part of the Athenaeum’s permanent collection -- Thomas Sully, Portrait of Lydia Leaming, 1806; Henry Inman, Portrait of Lydia Leaming Smith (Mrs. James S. Smith, n.d.; (gifts of Lydia Thomson, 2011).
Lydia Leaming, the daughter of Thomas Leaming and Rebecca Fisher, was born in Philadelphia in 1789. In 1806, Ms. Leaming's mother commissioned artist Thomas Sully to paint her 17 year old daughter. Shortly thereafter, Lydia married James Somers Smith a successful attorney. Mr. Smith and Lydia had 6 children and it was at some point well into their marriage, that Henry Inman was commissioned to paint his portrait. The two works present a unique contrast in 19th century portraiture styles as well as providing a chronicle of Lydia Leaming Smith at two different stages of her life.
Each month, Tips of the Iceberg, selects objects from the Athenaeum’s collection which are then examined and discussed in a gallery setting. The lecture includes a history of the objects, their relevance to the Athenaeum’s diverse and unique collections and a tour of the building. Tips of the Iceberg is free of charge and open to the public; reservations are required. For more information or to RSVP, please contact 215.925.2688.
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The Athenaeum of Philadelphia
The Athenaeum of Philadelphia was founded in 1814 as a member-supported library and museum that engaged members, scholars, and the public in the cultural and intellectual life of Philadelphia. For 200 years the Athenaeum has been dedicated to preserving and celebrating America’s rich cultural heritage of architecture, literature, and decorative arts.