The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is pleased to collaborate with Artstor to make available approximately 1,000 images of works from the Foundation’s collections in its Digital Library. Spanning the breadth and depth of the collections, works from all aspects of the collections including paintings, drawings, maps, prints, textiles, ceramics, glass, metals, furniture, numismatics, and mechanical arts and arms will be shown, effective May 15, 2016.
Among the works shared on Artstor are a mahogany and beech Governor’s chair made in London, England, ca. 1750; a 1788 Charles Willson Peale oil-on-canvas painting, Portrait of Louisa Airey Gilmor and Her Daughters, Jane and Elizabeth; a hard-paste porcelain punch bowl, ca. 1720, from Jingdezhen, China; a high chest of drawers made in 1753 by Henry Cliffton and Thomas Carteret in Philadelphia and a black-and-white mezzotint engraving, Tomo Chachi Mico of Kin of Yamacraw, and Tooanahowi his Newphew, Son to the Mico of the Etchitas, made in London, ca. 1734, by John Faber, the engraver, after Willem Verelst. Still other object images from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation collections to be available will include a bronze Virginia “Happy While United” Indian Peace Medal made by Robert Scot in 1780 in either Richmond or Williamsburg; a house top quilt by Susana Allen Hunter of Wilcox County, Alabama, 1965-1975, made out of cotton, wool and synthetic fabrics; and a silver soup tureen and lid made by William Adams in New York, ca. 1835.
“We’re delighted to share our outstanding collections of British and American fine and decorative art and American folk art with new audiences through Artstor’s Digital Library,” said Ronald L. Hurst, Colonial Williamsburg’s Carlisle H. Humelsine chief curator and vice president for collections, conservation and museums. “In doing so, we join The Metropolitan Museum of Art, London’s National Gallery, the Louvre and other prominent museums in an important initiative. Artstor’s extensive cataloguing of images makes it easy for students, teachers, and scholars to search across collections and disciplines for the visual resources and data they need. Our participation in this global online digital library expands the use of Colonial Williamsburg’s collections in teaching and scholarship and brings a new awareness of our rich cultural resources to a targeted global audience.”
“The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is an exceptional addition to the Artstor Digital Library’s collections of visual culture from around the world,” said Kevin Guthrie, president of ITHAKA, Artstor’s umbrella organization. “Students and scholars of American history will find their unique collection of art, furniture and artifacts an invaluable resource for research, teaching and learning.”
The collaboration with Artstor complements the Foundation’s previous collections-sharing initiatives on the Google Art Project, eMuseum, and the eMuseum Network.
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation preserves, restores and operates Virginia’s 18th- century capital of Williamsburg. Innovative and interactive experiences highlight the relevance of the American Revolution to contemporary life and the importance of an informed, active citizenry. The Colonial Williamsburg experience includes more than 400 restored or reconstructed original buildings, renowned museums of decorative arts and folk art, extensive educational outreach programs for students and teachers, lodging, culinary options from historic taverns to casual or elegant dining, the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club featuring 45 holes designed by Robert Trent Jones and his son Rees Jones, a full-service spa and fitness center, pools, retail stores and gardens. Philanthropic support and revenue from admissions, products and hospitality operations sustain Colonial Williamsburg’s educational programs and preservation initiatives.
The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg include the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum is home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, with more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum exhibits the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670–1830.
Learn more on the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation collection page in Artstor.