Robert Feke was a well-known colonial American portrait artist who worked in Newport, Boston, and Philadelphia in the mid-1700s. While he left behind several physical records of his life, namely his portraits, there is still a lot that is unknown about him, particularly the details of his early life before he became known as a painter, but there is a story that suggests he practiced his skills in some unusual circumstances.
January is a month of new beginnings. Where those who try to better themselves will head to the gym or try and eat better. Finding which path to take can be difficult. My Grandfather used to say, "You may not know where you are going but you should always known where you have been." With America stepping into the new year and so much on its horizon, lets take a look back to see what other events in January took place that shaped this great Nation
Even small manuscript collections can provide a wealth of information, an insight into personal experience within the context of history. Our collection of the Marjorie W. Champlin papers consists of only four folders, but it spans fifty years of political and personal correspondence in the life of a single person.
The fact that not all editions of a work are created equally is a lesson that can be learned by exploring any collection. In our own vault collection, we have two very different copies of the same popular poem, the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám as translated by Edward Fitzgerald (1809-1883).
Keep an eye out for the Winter issue of Antiques and Fine Arts Magazine. Inside this lovely publication is an article written by architectural historian John Tschirch titled "A Classic Revisited: The Redwood Library in Newport, Rhode Island".
Newport’s history with the Navy truly begins in 1775 when a merchant from Newport named Esek Hopkins, Esq. was named Commander and Chief of the newly created Continental Navy. He would serve as the only Commander and Chief of the Navy during the Revolution.
Our section of cook books spans many different culinary styles, and food types. Looking for something a little more…Newport? We certainly can help with that. Come check out one of these fine cookbooks!
Food is more than just sustenance for the body. The act of preparing food is sustenance for the soul. It is a great feeling to take various ingredients, carefully prepare them, and turn them into a wonderfully delicious meal one can enjoy in the coziness of home. Winter is the perfect time to try new recipes, perfect old ones, and wow friends and family alike with the skills we’ve learned in the kitchen. Cook books, celebrity chef biographies, and novels with a culinary twist are just some of the places where ideas and recipes are found and where culinary curiosity is explored. Come into the Redwood Library today and grab one of these lovely books and expand your culinary horizon!