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The Charles Bird King Scrapbooks contain his collection of print images, which served as source material for his artistic talents. In this brief overview, we present a few examples from the collection and its significance.

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In the vast portrait collection of the Redwood Library, there are only a handful of self-portraits. Prolific portrait artists like Charles Bird King (1785-1862) and Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828) each have at least one to their name among the many other portraits of theirs lining our walls. In contrast, the only portrait we have by decorative artist Michele Felice Corné (1752-1845) is his own self-portrait. Prolific in other areas, he was not known for his skills as a portrait artist, but his self-portrait is a fine representation of his artistic talent nonetheless.

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In conjunction with the latest lecture series by John Tschirch, this reading list will focus around the Chateau Chenonceaux, completed in the early 16th Century. The books featured for this list will touch upon the lives of some of the owners of the famous estate, as well as the architect of Chenonceaux, Philibert de l'Orme.

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Neatly presented as a scrapbook, this bound work from the Ralph E. Carpenter collection of manuscripts (RLC.Ms.040) tells the story of the Newport trial of thirty-six men accused of piracy, twenty-eight of whom were found guilty and twenty-six of whom were executed in 1723. The trial scrapbook undeniably tells the most detailed story of a Newport event in this collection.

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Bearing the same name as the now-infamous founding father, though of no relation, Dr. Alexander Hamilton (1712-1756) crossed paths with the earliest version of the Redwood Library, the Literary and Philosophical Society, in 1744 on a journey through the northern colonies.

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The Irish in America, Rhode Island and Beyond Reading List

The Irish in Rhode Island, and America overall, has had a long standing history. Irish-American roots grow deep throughout our country's history, and have established themselves, in stories, traditions and displays. This reading list will examine Irish-Americans and their impact on both local and national history. From the Kennedys to Paddy Wilson, we can see the importance of Irish Americans on our culture today. 

 

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When Abraham Redwood gave the funds for the Original Collection in 1747, many of the books were on practical subjects like medicine, farming, or, interestingly enough, beekeeping. John Thorley (1671-1759) writes expressively on both the preservation of bees and on their utility as an ideal model for human behavior.

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Ernest Hemingway was one of the most prolific, and at times controversial, writers of the early twentieth century. His works often focused on such themes as love, loss, and war; topics that stimulated thought and deep feelings from readers. This reading list will hopefully evoke those emotions again, sampling a taste of Hemingway's body of fiction as well as outside perspectives of his life.

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Newport is best known as a summer resort destination and for its collection of ornate Gilded Age homes. Historians agree that the Gilded Age began at the end of the American Civil War when do to the construction of railroads and industrialization, the U.S. economy expanded considerably, allowing not only for these lavish summer "cottages" to be built but also for their owners to entertain in a grand scale.

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Rhode Island has a varied past when it comes to the American Revolution. Riots in Newport during the Stamp Act Crisis in 1765, and the burning of the HMS Gaspee in 1772 were significant displays of protest in the face of British policy in the years leading up to the Revolution. When the War of American Independence began, Rhode Island struggled with trials and tribulations after it was the first colony to declare it's Independence in May of 1776.

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