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Jack Custis, Race, and the Unseen in Colonial Virginia Portraits

· August 31st, 2020 · No Comments

by Janine Yorimoto Boldt One painfully obvious fact as one scrolls through Colonial Virginia Portraits is that the faces are overwhelmingly white. Colonial Virginia Portraits includes more than 500 recorded portraits of which approximately 95 are documented but no longer extant. Only four of the total represent a non-white person. Three of these feature unnamed… Read More »

Global Knowledge, Eighteenth-Century Style

· June 3rd, 2020 · No Comments

In this post, WMQ author Tamara Plakins Thornton recounts how she came to understand eighteenth-century globes and how that changed the way she needed them illustrated for her article in the April 2020 issue.  Through September 30, you can read this article for free on the OI Reader. We will close the beta period of… Read More »

· April 10th, 2020 · No Comments

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When the Past Still Hangs in the Parlor

· November 19th, 2019 · No Comments

by Janine Yorimoto Boldt “My Will is that none of the Pictures of what Sort Soever be Removed out of my Dwelling Hall.” With those words, Henry Custis (ca. 1677-1733) of Northampton County, Virginia clearly stated his intention that the family portraits (and any other pictures) should remain with his house in perpetuity. Custis would… Read More »

“By the Meanes of Women”: Jamestown on the Vanguard of English Women’s Settlement

· October 28th, 2019 · 2 Comments

by Emily Sackett Emily Sackett was awarded an OI–Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation fellowship in spring 2019. She spent the month of September 2019 in residence at the Omohundro Institute and conducted extensive research in the collections at Jamestown Island. The OI offers numerous short-term fellowships for scholars—from advanced graduate students to senior scholars. Applications for the… Read More »