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NEW LONDON, CT – The Lyman Allyn Artwork Museum presents the primary exhibition on the work of late 18th-century artists Mary Means and Elizabeth (Betsey) Means Champlain. ( The sisters from New London, CT, created miniature paper portraits with material clothes that had been not like the rest produced in America at the moment. The exhibition options new scholarship and plenty of objects which have by no means been flaunted to the general public. A gallery discuss with curator Tanya Pohrt and advisor to the exhibition Brian Ehrlich, M.D., can be held on the museum on November 10, 2021 from 5:30 – 7 pm.

Earlier than the appearance of images within the mid-Nineteenth century, painted or drawn portraits had been the one technique of capturing a person’s likeness; households commissioned portrait miniatures of their family members to be worn as jewellery or tucked of their pockets. The Means sisters had been the one miniaturists of notice in New London they usually had been distinctive for dressing their topics in exquisitely detailed material clothes.

“Not solely are the dressed portraits distinctive of their model and manufacturing, the fabric bits and items of paper, material, and thread used of their creations inform a narrative of New London life within the late eighteenth and the early nineteenth centuries,” says Brian Ehrlich, M.D., who proposed the exhibition and contributed plenty of its items.

The exhibition The Means Sisters explores the artwork of portrait miniatures, the identities of the individuals who posed for the sisters, and New London’s historical past within the many years following the American Revolutionary Warfare. The sisters’ work helps “develop our understanding of early American artwork,” says curator Tanya Pohrt.

D. Samuel Quigley, director of the Lyman Allyn Artwork Museum, provides: “By bringing collectively many recognized portrait miniatures by the Means sisters and figuring out beforehand unknown examples, this exhibition goals to share their tales and sitters with a wider viewers and shed new gentle on their work.”


Be a part of Lyman Allyn Curator Tanya Pohrt and advisor to the exhibition Brian Ehrlich, M.D., for a particular dialog about The Means Sisters: Miniaturists of the Early Republic. This in-person program will talk about a collection of works on view within the exhibition, which celebrates the artwork of native southeastern Connecticut sisters, Mary Means (1769-1833) and Elizabeth Means Champlain (1771-1825).

Date: Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Time: 6:00 PM (reception at 5:30 PM)

Location: Lyman Allyn Artwork Museum, 625 Williams Avenue, New London, CT

Tickets: Members $10, Non-members $15

Registration: Area is restricted for this in-person occasion and reservations are required. Please RSVP to 860.443.2545 ext. 2129 or e mail [email protected]

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