M*AR at the Newport Antiques Show in July
he Newport Antiques Show creates great buzz throughout Newport and across New England each summer. This year’s event has heightened anticipation for a very special loan exhibition: Liberty Forever: Treasures from the Museum of the American Revolution.
Liberty Forever will feature items from the MoAR collection, many of which have a New England provenance. These objects include a c.1774 mug that reads, “Success to ye city of Boston, Liberty For Ever,” and an inscribed powder horn made in Warwick, Rhode Island. In addition, the exhibit will feature two 18th-century portraits that have not been publicly displayed in the United States — a portrait of a British officer, Captain William Crosbie, and a portrait of French officer Joachim du Perron, Comte de Revel (pictured below).
“Sharing objects such as the recently acquired portrait of du Perron at the Newport Antiques Show is very exciting,” explains Dr. R. Scott Stephenson, Ph.D, MoAR’s Director of Collections and Interpretation and curator of Liberty Forever. “Contemporary portraits of those who took part in the American Revolution are very rare — and rarer still are portraits showing a distinguished French officer in uniform. Newport, where the French troops landed in 1780, is the ideal place to unveil this painting.”
Dr. Stephenson will be presenting a talk titled “Liberty Forever: Exhibiting the Revolution,” as part of the Newport Antiques Show’s lecture series. He will share the stories of several artifacts on exhibit including silver camp cups owned and used by General Washington. Dr. Stephenson will also offer a preview of exhibits in the forthcoming MoAR in Philadelphia.
“We are thrilled to celebrate the American Revolution at this year’s Newport Antiques Show,” explains the Newport Historical Society’s Executive Director Ruth Taylor. “Liberty Forever offers New Englanders a much anticipated preview of what is being developed in Philadelphia. It’s also a great complement to the presentations of the dealers at the Show. It will be a revolutionary summer!”
The Newport Antiques Show runs July 24-26, 2015 at St. George’s School in Middletown, RI and opens with the Gala Preview Party on Thursday July 23, 2015. Weekend admission costs $15 per person or $20 for a three-day pass, which includes entrance to the loan exhibit, a daily lecture and the chance to shop amongst the country’s most exclusive antiques dealers. Gala tickets start at $150 per person. Since 2007, the Show has raised over $1.6 million for its co-beneficiaries, the Newport Historical Society, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County.
We'd also like to thank Freeman's Auction for generously sponsoring the Newport Antiques Show loan exhibit this year.