Sugar and Spice, and All That’s Nice: ‘Reproof’, by Edward Russell Thaxter

Nineteenth-century American artists looked to Europe as the omphalos of culture. The painters flocked to Paris, while the sculptors migrated to Florence and Rome, where they could obtain the marble, the mentors, and the ancient models they required to fashion their neo-classical compositions. These expatriate artists chose “’ideal’ subjects—themes from literature, mythology, [...]

Sugar and Spice, and All That’s Nice: ‘Reproof’, by Edward Russell Thaxter2020-03-05T13:25:26+00:00

Behind the Image: Mr. Libby’s Special Delivery

The very first delivery of cargo by air to Portland, Maine in July of 1926 included some unexpected freight: a shipment of high-end dresses from New York City for the J.R. Libby Department Store. Though the store's founder and namesake-- and second owner of the Mansion-- J.R. Libby had passed away in 1917, his son [...]

Behind the Image: Mr. Libby’s Special Delivery2020-03-05T10:08:07+00:00

A Windfall of New Collections Items on Long-Term Loan

On July 24, the Mansion welcomed Libby descendant Mary Marcell--and with her came some precious cargo indeed. Mary arrived with four wine glasses, four cordial glasses, two pot de crème, and a soup bowl, all original to the Morse table service. She also brought a needlepoint sampler, silver nut dish, silver hand mirror and powder [...]

A Windfall of New Collections Items on Long-Term Loan2019-08-31T14:34:25+00:00

Pudgy, Pouty Putti

By VM Guide Charisse Gendron In early 1998, Victoria Mansion started preparations for an exciting project: the reconstruction of its large stained-glass skylight, which had been shattered in a storm sixty years before. Surviving pieces were salvaged at the time, but only one clue remained to the overall composition: a roundel bearing a winged putto [...]

Pudgy, Pouty Putti2019-08-28T15:35:32+00:00