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History unfolds through the eyes of an artist

An exhibit of original paintings and historical objects

Meeting at Marshalton Inn, 2016

Meeting at Marshalton Inn, 2016
Oil on Canvas
48 x 66 inches

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Meeting at Marshalton Inn, 2016

This is the final painting in the twelve part cycle of this exhibit. In this painting, seven adults and three children sit or stand around a table, sharing a meal and discussing prints of a few of the paintings in the show. It is a beautiful fall day in an upstairs room at the Marshalton Inn, located in Marshallton, PA not far from Martin’s Tavern and across the road from Humphry Marshall’s 1773 home. Each adult here has a dedicated and active interest in the history of Chester County, and they and many others have helped to make this exhibit possible.

As the viewer, you can imagine that you have just stepped into the room, interrupting a lively conversation. The two primary figures standing in the center, Skip Chalfant and Katharine Campbell, address the viewer with a direct gaze and invite you to join them. Katharine holds a print of Portrait of Humphry Marshall. There are no known portraits of Humphry, her ancestor, and this painting will likely become his iconic image. On the far left is Sarah Papenhausen with her family. While they discuss the print of Botanists in Bartram’s Garden, she looks directly across the table at her son who is leaning over a print of Downings’ Town. John Snider, standing to the young man’s left, makes a point about the print, emphasized by his powerful extended arm. Both Sarah and John are our contemporaries, but they also function as symbolic figures bearing witness to the scene. They are studies in contrast being male and female and almost fifty years apart in age. These two figures and the four generations between them create a tableau of a world where history, culture and art is of crucial importance.

A major figure not present is Rob Lukens, former President of the CCHS and an originator, along with the artist, of the concept for this show. His wife Becky, standing next to Katharine, is aware of the two men on her left, one a teenager and the other in his eighties. Becky stands above a recently extinguished candle, a symbol of her husband whose brilliance and vision were lost to us far too soon.