Editor’s Letter

Gregory Cerio

Critical Thinking/Difficult Issues

Declarations of Dependence
Glenn Adamson

Current and Coming

British watercolors at the Gibbes, the Colmar Treasure at the Cloisters, Manet in Chicago, and more

Museum Visit

Two Gems of Charm City: The Walters and the Baltimore Museum of Art form a powerful cultural tandem
Brian Allen

On Books

A new book of reflections on craft and tools; another on Nantucket scrimshaw

Field Trip


Alexandra Levine


Triskaidekaphilia in Philadelphia
Eleanor H. Gustafson

Cover: A c. 1900 side table with a pedestal and legs made from a dogwood tree stands in the bedroom. The Oarsman (The Galley Slave), a c. 1926 bromoil print by William Mortensen (1897–1965), hangs above it. In the stairwell is an early twentieth-century Pennsylvania scarecrow with its original paint. Photograph by Ellen McDermott.



Portraits by a Minister’s Daughter

New scholarship offers insights into the life of the elusive early American artist
Mary B. Tucker

Michael R. Payne and Suzanne Rudnick Payne

Revolutionary Renaissance Man

Looking past his famous ride, the American Antiquarian Society charts the
career of Paul Revere as an artist and entrepreneur

Lauren B. Hewes and Nan Wolverton

A River Runs Through It

A new exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy examines the influence of
the Schuylkill River artists

Anna O. Marley

Craftsman Home

The house in California built by the great studio woodworker Sam Maloof
is a hymn to the virtues of the made by hand

Robert Atkins

Sew on and Sew Forth

The American Folk Art Museum shows off a recent gift of quilts

Stacy Hollander

Two Journeys, One Destination

The consummation of an immigrant odyssey, the Vilcek Foundation charts
the artistic argosy of Ralston Crawford in the inaugural exhibition at its new home

Elizabeth Pochoda

Escape Artist

An exhibition at the Brandywine River Museum surveys the adventurous
enchantments of illustrator N. C. Wyeth

James Gardner

Bent Pennies

Remembering a collector who celebrated beauty born of human frailty

Gregory Cerio