The house built in 1849 by William and Mary Farnsworth and preserved by their daughter Lucy has survived with an exceptionally complete collection of original furnishings from the mid-nineteenth century. In choosing furniture for their home, the Farnsworths were aware of current fashions and eager to follow them, but they clearly also were cost-conscious in making their purchases. This lecture will survey the different styles and forms of furniture that have remained in the house and discuss how they related to contemporary advice literature as well as other American homes of the period.
Lecturer David L. Barquist is the Curator of American Decorative Arts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He studied fine arts at Harvard and received an M.A. from the Winterthur Program at the University of Delaware and his Ph.D. in history of art from Yale University.
Location: Farnsworth auditorium
Cost: $ 10 members, $15 nonmembers