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James Bowdoin III: Pursuing Style in the Age of Independence
September 9, 2008 - August 16, 2009
Shaw Ruddock Gallery
"Portrait of Elizabeth Bowdoin and James Bowdoin III", ca. 1760 by Joseph Blackburn, American ca. 1730-ca. 1778, oil on canvas, Bequest of Mrs. Sarah Bowdoin Dearborn, 1826.11
James Bowdoin III: Pursuing Style in the Age of Independence pays homage to benefactor James Bowdoin III with an installation of compelling art and objects owned (and donated) by the Bowdoin family. This exhibition reimagines the interior of James Bowdoin III’s study, and includes objects as diverse as an eighteenth-century air pump, a suit worn by James Bowdoin III himself, an impressive selection of books from James Bowdoin III’s noted library, and a number of paintings from the Bowdoin bequest.  This is the second reinterpretation of the American collection funded by the Luce Foundation.