Magazine September/October 2023


Editor’s Letter

Gregory Cerio

Field Notes

A Matter of Respect
Elizabeth Pochoda

Current and Coming

Edvard Munch at the Clark Art Institute; Beatrix Potter and Southern photography at Atlanta’s High Museum; Modernist art of the American South at the Georgia Museum of Art; and Ruth Duckworth ceramics in Chicago

Object Lesson

Keeping Time with the Willards: Keynotes on a classic nineteenth-century American clock
Benjamin Davidson and Pippa Biddle

On Books

Meeting of the Minds: A book series from the Frick Collection pairs scholarly analysis with artistic
James Gardner

Facets And Settings

Art, affinities, and the designs of David Webb: Excerpts from a new book on the esteemed New York jeweler and his inspirations
Ruth Peltason


Sierra Holt


Pyramid Schemes
Eleanor H. Gustafson

On the cover: Detail of Lady Agnew of Lochnaw [1864–1932] by John Singer Sargent (1856–1925), 1892. National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh, purchased with the aid of the Cowan Smith Bequest Fund; photograph courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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Tradition with a Twist

The Ford House in suburban Detroit features warm, Old World appointments, a rich collection of elegant antiques, and a surprise dash of sleek modern design
Lisa E. Worley

Fleeting Impressions

A current exhibition explores the art and milieu of the elusive American landscape painter Guy Wiggins
Thomas Connors

Leash Common Denominator

Some notes on art, design, and historical artifacts related to dogs
Robert McCracken Peck

Eye of the Beholder

In early eighteenth-century Italy, Giacomo Ceruti’s sensitive portraits of the down-and-out turned artistic orthodoxy on its head
James Gardner

From Gunpowder to Greenery

How the grounds of the du Pont family’s first estate—now the home of the Hagley Museum and Library—were transformed from a munitions mill to a romantic Italianate garden
Marta McDowell with photographs by Larry Lederman

Couture for Portraiture

A forthcoming exhibition examines the significance of fashion in the art of John Singer Sargent
Chris Waddington