Adrian Martinez Presents the visionary World of Humphry Marshall

1750-1800

“Great and Strange People”

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT

Humphry Marshall

Humphry Marshall

“Indian Hannah” Freeman

The Visionary World of Humphry Marshall was an exploration of Pennsylvania’s history through the eyes of acclaimed artist/guest curator Adrian Martinez. The exhibition (which opened in November of 2016 at the Chester County Historical Society and closed in December of 2017) showcased twelve original paintings depicting the evolution of Chester County from frontier to farmland in the eighteenth century and featured artifacts from the CCHS collection. During this period in Chester County’s history, ordinary people as well as the “great and strange” residents of the area were witness to, and sometimes participants in, Pennsylvania’s transformation into the cultural and financial heartbeat of America.

This show focused on well-known local figure Humphry Marshall, the botanist, astronomer, stone mason, businessman and farmer and others of his era, like the Englishmen Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon, Hannah Freeman, known as “Indian” Hannah and as the “last of the Lenape in Chester County”, Susanna Wright, and John Bartram. The poetic narrative of the original paintings, the artifacts from the CCHS collection and written informational panels all came together to provide a context which brought the eighteenth and early nineteenth century to life for the museum visitor. Thank you to everyone who saw the exhibit and to all who helped bring such a great show together.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Adrian Martinez is an internationally known professional artist whose work combines a rigorously classical technique with an intensely emotional vision. He was born in Philadelphia, PA, but grew up in Washington, D.C. He studied painting and printmaking and received degrees from the Maryland Institute of Art in Baltimore, Maryland (BFA), St. Martins School of Art in London, England (CS) and Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana (MA).

Adrian’s work is in public and private collections all over the United States and Europe. President George W. and Mrs. Laura Bush commissioned him to paint two large landscapes commemorating the National Parks theme for the White House holiday season in 2007 and these two pieces are now installed in the George W. Bush Presidential Library. Adrian designed the White House Holiday Card for President and Mrs. Bush in 2001 and they are collectors of his work.

Adrian currently lives with his wife, Leah, and their two cats in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. His son, Sebastian, is a doctoral student at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.  Adrian is a member of Downingtown Friends Meeting, is on the Board of Trustees for Old Caln Meetinghouse and serves on the Downingtown Planning Commission.

ABOUT THE CHESTER COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY:

Founded in 1893, the Chester County Historical Society (CCHS) is the official county history museum, history education center, and historical library of Chester County, Pennsylvania. CCHS fulfills this mandate and its mission through a variety of means. CCHS’s education programs provide unique hands-on learning opportunities for 10,000 school students per year. The organization collects, preserves, and provides access to a vast collection and partners with Chester County to administer the county archives. These collections are known as among the strongest of any county historical society, including 80,000 artifacts, 500,000 documents, 80,000 photographs, and 20,000 volumes. CCHS hosts exhibitions that offer authentic encounters with original items and meaningful stories. Public programming and community events demonstrate CCHS’s central role in building community. CCHS is based in two historic buildings in downtown West Chester in a National Register district, including the 1848 Horticultural Hall which was designed by Thomas U. Walter, Architect of the U.S. Capitol Dome.