By the middle of the eighteenth century the “greene Country Towne” founded by William Penn in 1682 was bustling with commercial and social activity
A taste of the research to be found in the author’s forthcoming catalogue of early American furniture at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Downtown Philadelphia is organized around a Calder family retrospective. It was my Uncle Fred, who has lived in the city for more than fifty years, who first pointed this out to me.
We have an idea of life in Philadelphia during the early years of independence thanks, not to an American, but to the English artist William Birch.
Pennsylvania-born artist Benjamin West began his career stateside, but it was across the Atlantic, in England, where he found fame, as a court painter to George III
An exhibition at the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia showcases the lost art of hair work
Our former editor in chief takes us on a stroll to some of her favorite places in the city.
Andrew Jackson and three Philadelphia cabinetmakers.
“I once spent a year in Philadelphia. I think it was on a Sunday,” W. C. Fields said sometime in the early 1940s. Fields, born in Philadelphia and tied with fellow native Man Ray for recognition as Philadelphia’s merriest Dada prankster, was right about the city back then, but this is now. Philadelphia is booming, and so are its restaurants. …
The story goes that the Dutch, sailing up the Delaware River, missed the marshy entrance to its largest tributary. Upon discovering their mistake, the Europeans dubbed the waterway the Schuyl Kill, or “Hidden River.” The Dutch were soon squeezed out of Pennsylvania by the Swedes and then the English, but the name somehow stuck, showing up as the “Scool Kill …