"Collecting in Victorian America: The Great Divide of the Gilded Age"

July 11 - November 4

Collecting became a significant diversion from the grim realities of the era, while  improved standards of living, transportation technology, and mass productions enabled Americans across gender and class, to participate in the science.

The exhibit features a rare gold bracelet with a lock of hair given by Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, Victoria Adelaide, Princess Royal, to her governess Madame Rollande de la Sauge, Private collection; Albumen prints of Egypt, France, and Italy, 1870s-80s, courtesy of The Westport Library; a Japanese kimono, circa 1876, from the Mathews Family, LMMM Permanent collections; a reduced cast of Hiram Powers’, The Greek Slave, 1847, courtesy of Westport Historical Society; and a John Rogers sculpture group, Taking the Oath and Drawing Rations, 1865, courtesy of the New Canaan Historical Society; exotic orchids, ferns, and flowering plants­­ courtesy of Danna DiElsi, The Silk Touch.


Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum
295 West Ave.
Norwalk, CT 06850
United States



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