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Dr. Margaretta M. Lovell: Painting the Inhabited Landscape

February 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm UTC-5

The Pembroke Historical Society is greatly honored to host renowned art historian and author Dr. Margaretta Lovell for a presentation of Painting the Inhabited Landscape: Fitz Henry Lane and the Global Reach of Antebellum America on February 21 at 6 pm.

Dr. Lovell’s presentation, Painting the Inhabited Landscape: Fitz Henry Lane and the Global Reach of Antebellum America, is a study of the paintings of Gloucester native Fitz H. Lane {known as Fitz Henry and Fitz Hugh}, investigating the town and the patrons who supported his career with an eye to understanding how New Englanders thought about their land, their economy, their history, and their links with widely disparate global communities. Lane’s works depict nature as productive and allied in partnership with humans to create a sustainable, balanced political economy. What emerges from this close look at Lane’s New England is a picture not of a “virgin wilderness” but of a land deeply resonant with its former uses—and a human history that incorporates, rather than excludes, Native Americans as shapers of land and as agents in that history. Margaretta M. Lovell is a cultural historian working at the intersection of history, material culture studies, architectural history, and art history. She is the author of prize-winning books on American art and culture of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. She teaches at the University of California, Berkeley where she holds the Jay D. McEvoy, Jr., Chair in the History of American Art. Her interests include ecological and economic history, and her research has been supported by the Guggenheim, Rockefeller and Terra Foundations, the NEH, Huntington Library, American Antiquarian Society, American Philosophical Society, and the American Council of Learned Societies.

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February 21
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm UTC-5
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