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Mary Rogers Williams: Defying Her Era’s Expectations (Annual Julie Keggi Lecture)

August 14, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Mary Rogers Williams – Defying Her Era’s Expectations 

Julie Keggi Lecture  

Sunday, August 14 

2:00 – 3:00 PM 

$25 Members | $30 General 

The revolutionary artist Mary Rogers Williams (1857-1907), a baker’s daughter from Hartford, biked and hiked from the Arctic Circle to Naples, exhibited from Paris to Indianapolis, trained at the Art Students League, chafed against art world rules that favored men, wrote thousands of pages about her travels and work, taught at Smith College for nearly two decades, but sadly ended up almost totally obscure. Eve M. Kahn will lecture on how one research phone call on impulse in 2012 led to her prizewinning book, Forever Seeing New Beauties: The Forgotten Impressionist Mary Rogers Williams, 1857-1907 (Wesleyan University Press, 2019). A trove of Williams’s paintings surfaced in a boathouse near New London, which capture pensive gowned women, Norwegian slopes reflected in icy waters, saw-tooth rooflines on French chateaux, and incense hazes in Italian chapels.

Kahn, an independent scholar, was the weekly Antiques columnist for The New York Times from 2008 to 2016. She contributes regularly to the Times, The Magazine Antiques, and Apollo magazine. Her book in progress is provisionally titled Queen of Bohemia Predicts Own Death: The Forgotten Journalist Zoe Anderson Norris, 1860-1914. 

This lecture is in honor of Julie Keggi, an avid supporter of the museum, who passed away this year.

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August 14, 2022
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Mattatuck Museum
144 West Main Street
Waterbury, CT 06702 United States
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