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Zara Anishanslin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780300197051

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300197051.001.0001

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’Tis Said the Arts Delight to Travel Westward”

’Tis Said the Arts Delight to Travel Westward”

Newport Merchants, Redwood Library, and the Rise of Arts and Learning

(p.279) 15. “ ’Tis Said the Arts Delight to Travel Westward”
Portrait of a Woman in Silk

Zara Anishanslin

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on people integral to the founding of Redwood Library to examine the ways in which colonial consumers of Robert Feke's portraits shared in the wider intellectual worlds inhabited by Anna Maria Garthwaite, Simon Julins, and Anne Shippen Willing, as well as Feke himself. Books were important to each of these four main actors. Garthwaite, the well-educated clergyman's daughter, owned a small library of erudite books. Weaver Julins indulged his bibliophile's tastes with a pricey subscription to George Anson's tome, A Voyage Round the World (1748). Anne Shippen Willing posed in her last portrait (c. 1786) by Philadelphia painter Matthew Pratt holding an open book on her lap. And Feke used books as props in and inspiration for his own paintings.

Keywords:   Robert Feke, painters, artists, books, Redwood Library, portraits, Anna Maria Garthwaite, Simon Julins, Anne Shippen Willing

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