Middlebury College Museum of Art

Friday, April 6

Fridays at the Museum—Caveat Emptor: The American Historical Portrait in the Early Twentieth Century

Illustrated Lecture
Time: 12:30pm
Location: Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 125

Richard Saunders, Museum Director and Professor of History of Art and Architecture


At the beginning of the 20th Century there was a growing appetite for American objects from the colonial period and the early Republic—particularly portraits of figures prominent in our early history. But demand exceeded supply and, as a consequence, pictures began to appear from various sources with fabricated identifications, invented provenances, and, on occasion, fraudulent artist signatures. Richard Saunders tells this story about how such subterfuge was revealed.