Mount Washington: The Crown of New England
This beautiful catalog, with 98 color illustrations, was published by the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire, to accompany its exhibition Mount Washington: The Crown of New England, on view from October 1, 2016, through January 16, 2017. The catalog examines some of the many roles Mount Washington played at the intersection of art, science, and entrepreneurship in the 19th century. P. Andrew Spahr, director of collections and exhibitions at the Currier Museum of Art, introduces the historic context in which Mount Washington developed into an iconic attraction. Karen Quin, senior historian and curator, art and culture, at the New York State Museum, reviews the critical and public reception of some of the most important paintings of the period and the influence they had on American art. Inez McDermott, professor of art history, New England College, discusses the photographers who often struggled with bulky equipment and rudimentary photographic processes in the challenging mountain environment. Peter Crane, curator of the Gladys Brooks Memorial Library at the Mount Washington Observatory, explores three important scientific reports in which scientists worked closely with artists and photographers to help illustrate their findings.
Author: P. Andrew Spahr, with essays by Karen E. Quinn, Inez McDermott, and Peter Crane