Gallery 749 - Life in America, 1700–1800
Part of The American Wing
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Joyce B. Cowin Gallery
American colonists, like people of many periods and cultures, cherished bright colors and ornament. Decorative painting on walls and furniture, woven or embroidered textiles, and drawings and engravings on paper were the principal vehicles by which they expressed this taste. A selection of precious survivals from the eighteenth century is displayed in this gallery, on a rotating basis in the case of light-sensitive materials. Textiles include quilts, coverlets, and bed hangings; needlework samplers and pictures; and upholstery on furniture. Works on paper range from exquisitely drawn pastel portraits by the likes of John Singleton Copley to engraved representations of historical events, such as those by Paul Revere.