Local Historian to Speak at the Clark November 1

For Immediate Release

October 21, 2003

Local historian and author Cornelia Brooke Gilder will speak about Berkshire country houses at the Clark Art Institute on Saturday, November 1, at 2 p.m. In her talk "Cottages and Collectors: Three Berkshire Art Patrons," Gilder will focus on Caroline Tappan of Tanglewood, Ogden Haggerty of Ventfort Hall, and Grenville Winthrop of Groton Place. The lecture is offered in connection with the exhibition Édouard Baldus: Landscape and Leisure in Early French Photography, which features photographs of a French country house, the Château de La Faloise, taken in 1856. Admission is free.

Gilder is co-author of the books Albany Architecture and A History of Ventfort Hall, and a contributor to Long Island Country Houses and Their Architects. She is currently working on the forthcoming book "Refined and Intellectual Households": Lenox Country Houses of the Nineteenth Century.

Édouard Baldus: Landscape and Leisure in Early French Photography explores Baldus's Château de La Faloise series, featuring the family and friends of château owner Frédéric Bourgeois de Mercey. The nine photographs, most of which exist in only one print, are reunited for the first time in the exhibition, which unveils the mystery behind these photographs and explores them in the context of the golden age of French photography in the 1850s.  The exhibition comprises approximately 50 19th-century photographs by Baldus and his contemporaries, including Gustave Le Gray, Charles Nègre, Charles Marville, and Camille Silvy. Édouard Baldus will be on view at the Clark through December 28.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Gallery admission is free beginning November 1. For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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