The first American ship to sail goods direct from Canton in Southern China landed in Baltimore on August 9, 1785, just two years after the Treaty of Paris ended the Revolutionary War. Baltimoreans like Charles and Harriet Carroll of Homewood were eager for Chinese exports, regarded as objects of great luxury. This spotlight exhibition features examples of Chinese export reverse mirror paintings and porcelains drawn from Homewood Museum's holdings. These works of art are some of the world's most enduring examples of early globalization and inter-cultural communication.
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The faces and names of seventeen African-American soldiers who served under Captain William A. Prickitt are recorded in a rare surviving miniature photo album that was treasured by the Union Army officer, passed down through generations of his family, and is now part of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. A mix of free and enslaved blacks ranging in age from 15 to 50 who reportedly saved their young officer from extreme illness, the soldiers have been enlarged to life size in colored pencil drawings by Michigan artist Shayne Davidson, who meticulously researched the lives of the men she was depicting. The exhibition features her drawings and research, and includes Civil War-era memorabilia drawn from the collections of Evergreen Museum & Library and the Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries.
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Join Evergreen Museum & Libary to celebrate a new season of exciting exhibitions. Be among the first to see Rooms with Views, Vistas with Stories and Everything Old is New Again: Interpreting Modern Design, plus the ongoing exhibition Seventeen Men: Portraits of Black Civil War Soldiers.
Enjoy Evergreen’s first floor period rooms and galleries at your own pace, including the Léon-Bakst designed theatre, mingle with the guest curators and museum staff, and find an array of unique items in the museum shop. Light refreshments will be served
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