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Lockwood de Forest: Furnishing the Gilded Age with a Passion for India


Tuesday, August 2, 2011
8:00 PM; Mini-exhibit at 7:15 PM from private collections (Middle Eastern objects and images)
Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum
$10 for SFDC and ADAF Members
$15 for non-members

During his travels, de Forest learned about the late 19th century East Indian Craft Revival, a movement supported by British proponents of the Arts and Crafts movement as well as the Raj, the British colonial government in India. John Lockwood Kipling (1837-1911), director of the art school in Lahore (as well as Rudyard Kipling’s father), helped Lockwood de Forest develop an appreciation for Indian artistry.  De Forest’s impressive roster of clients included Andrew Carnegie, Potter Palmer and Mark Twain.

De Forest changed his focus to marketing the Indian style, showcasing highly skilled wood carvers of Ahmedabad.  He successfully combined his appreciation of Indian handicrafts with entrepreneurship.  When the fad for Indian style waned, de Forest returned to painting in 1908.  However, he continued to design Indianate homes, of which the most notable is the 1919 dean’s residence at Bryn Mawr College.  De Forest spent his winters in Santa Barbara, and moved there in 1922.

Lecturer:  Dr. Mayer combines a scientific and artistic background.  She earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree, both from Rutgers, in engineering and science followed by a bachelor’s in art history, also from Rutgers. The University of  Delaware awarded her a master’s degree and doctorate in art history.  Dr. Mayer is the author of Lockwood de Forest: Furnishing the Gilded Age with a Passion for India(2008) and was named the 2010 Pennsylvania Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation.

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