A charmed life

Editorial Staff Furniture & Decorative Arts, Living with Antiques

English inspiration, American creativity, and a bit of historical luck are joined in the author’s house and gardens   Fig. 1. The neoclassical façade of the Gordon-Banks house in Newnan, Georgia. Several years ago English friends came for lunch at my house, now called the Gordon-Banks house, in Newnan, Georgia, some forty miles southwest of Atlanta. They walked down a …

Editor’s Letter, March/April 2012

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There are days when I am sure that there is a constant worldwide conspiracy out there to pretend that the past does not exist. Fortunately I leave the office occasionally and find that this may not be true. I recently toured Camera Solo, the exhibition of Patti Smith’s photographs at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford with Susan Talbott, the museum’s …

Hudson River Classics: Edgewater and Richard Hampton Jenrette

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from The Magazine ANTIQUES, January/February 2012 | People don’t like hocus-pocus,” Richard Hamp­ton Jenrette tells me. A fit eighty-two, the former lion of Wall Street seems a model of sanity in an insane world. Take his views on finance: “Wall Street has been high-jacked by speculators.” Or industry: “We are foolish to have outsourced our manufacturing.” Fig. 1. Edgewater, as …

The Faces of Madison, Georgia

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Readers who enjoyed William Nathaniel Banks’s article about Madison, Georgia, in our April issue now have another reason to visit that historic and beautiful town, which is celebrating its bicentennial this year. The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center is presenting an exhibition entitled The Many Faces of Madison: A History of Portrait Painting in the Piedmont, which includes thirty-five likenesses dating from …

History in towns: Madison, Georgia

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April 2009 | The town of Madison, in Morgan County, Georgia, was lauded in 1849 by the historian George White (1802-1887). “There are as many well educated gentlemen and ladies in Madison as in any portion of the State,” he wrote. “Many of the citizens are wealthy, and live in much style. The ladies are remarkably pretty…and many of them …

Bay State riches: The Magazine ANTIQUES and Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture

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from The Magazine ANTIQUES, January/February 2013 | Anxious and awestruck, I waited outside Wendell Garrett’s office in the spring of 1971. He was the managing editor of The Magazine Antiques and I was a nervous twenty-three-year-old graduate student in the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture. He had agreed to meet me because of my interest in early Boston woodworkers. …

History in towns: Bristol Rhode Island

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from The Magazine ANTIQUES, Summer 2010 | Fig. 1. Detail of the parapet of the house in Fig. 7. Fig. 2. Glimpsed through the bandstand on Bristol’s common are three civic buildings, from the left: the Bristol County Courthouse, built 1816 (which served as one of five meeting places for the state’s General Assembly between 1819 and 1852); the First …