Adrian Martinez Presents the visionary World of Humphry Marshall


“Great and Strange People”


Humphry Marshall

Humphry Marshall

“Indian Hannah” Freeman

The Visionary World of Humphry Marshall, open now at the Chester County Historical Society, is an exploration of Pennsylvania’s history through the eyes of acclaimed artist/guest curator Adrian Martinez. The exhibition showcases twelve original paintings depicting the evolution of Chester County from frontier to farmland in the eighteenth century and features 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 will focus 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 come together to provide a context which will bring the eighteenth and early nineteenth century to life for the museum visitor. This exhibit will be open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the CHHS, located at 225 N. High Street in West Chester, Pennsylvania. 


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 works are now installed in the George W. Bush Presidential Library. Adrian designed the White House Holiday Card for President and Mrs. Bush in 2001.

Adrian currently lives with his wife, Leah, their son, Sebastian and three cats in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. He is a member of Downingtown Friends Meeting, is on the Board of Trustees for Old Caln Meetinghouse and serves on the Downingtown Planning Commission.


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.