In Pursuit of History: A Lifetime Collecting Colonial American Art and Artifacts

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In Pursuit of History: A Lifetime Collecting Colonial American Art and Artifacts
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This book showcases highlights from the Dietrich American Foundation, established in 1963 by H. Richard Dietrich Jr. and focused on 18th-century American fine and decorative arts. Essays explore the formation of the collection and its many areas of strength, enhancing current understandings of colonial history and material culture. The volume’s coeditor, H. Richard Dietrich III, unfolds an American story of a family’s entrepreneurship and speaks to his father’s varied yet interconnected collecting interests. An array of specialists explore the scope and uncommon richness of the foundation’s holdings, of which books and manuscripts account for half. Chinese export wares, furniture, silver, fraktur, and other decorative arts, and paintings of historical importance speak in varied ways to the nature of colonial identity, while objects related to the whaling trade signal the new nation’s maritime focus. With striking new photography and insightful scholarship, In Pursuit of History brings to life both the collector and the time period that he loved.

Edited by H. Richard Dietrich III and Deborah M. Rebuck

With contributions by David L. Barquist, Edward S. Cooke Jr., Michael P. Dyer, Kathleen A. Foster, Morrison H. Heckscher, Philip C. Mead, Lisa Minardi, Deborah M. Rebuck, and William S. Reese

H. Richard Dietrich III is president, and Deborah M. Rebuck is curator, both of the Dietrich American Foundation

  • Distributed for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, in association with the Dietrich American Foundation, by Yale University Press
  • Hardcover
  • 302 pages
  • 215 color illustrations
  • Size: 9.5" x 11.5"
  • ISBN: 978-0-87633-293-1
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