2018 Study Trip: Winterthur Museum and Wilmington

May 12-15, 2018


Winterthur Museum’s Tom Savage ’80 and Jeff Groff ’92, graciously invite Attingham alumni for a Study Trip to explore historic villages, collections and Gilded Age splendor of the greater Wilmington, Delaware area ahead of the museum’s conference, The Properly Dressed Window: Curtain Design Over Time. Annabel Westman, Director of The Attingham Trust, will be attending this Study Trip as a special guest!

The trip will begin with a tour of The Pre-Raphaelite collections at The Delaware Art Museum. The collection, considered to be the largest and most significant collection of Pre-Raphaelite art in the United States, was started by Quaker industrialist Samuel Bancroft who began collecting works by Dante Gabriel Rossetti in 1890 and continued collecting pieces by other artists of the movement over the next 25 years.

The group will journey to the village of Odessa, once a busy grain shipping port in the 18th-century and at the time known as Cantwell’s Bridge, to have private visits at several properties that make up the Historic Odessa Foundation. The day will include a hearth-cooked lunch featuring documented recipes from the late 18th- and early 19th- centuries.

An afternoon visit to the historic town of New Castle will include a tour of the twenty-two room, George Read House, a National Historic Landmark designed for George Read II, son of a Delaware signer of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. In addition, the group will visit Rosemont House, a beautifully preserved 18th-century house with a private collection of 17th–  and 18th-century Bermuda furniture as well as important furniture, silver, portraits from Philadelphia and The Delaware Valley.

The group will take in Nemours Mansion, a striking Louis XVI-Rococo style mansion designed by Carrère and Hastings for Alfred I. du Pont in 1909–10 as a gift for his second wife, Alicia. The estate, named for the French town affiliated with his great-great-grandfather, Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours, has the most developed and largest jardin à la française landscape park and collection of individual gardens in North America.

On Monday, when the museum is closed to the public, Attingham will have a full study day at Winterthur Museum with curators on hand for exclusive behind the scenes collections studies. Senior guides will conduct a two hour visit of the rooms of Winterthur in small groups of 4 each. Leslie Grigsby, curator of ceramics and glass will conduct a tour of her exhibition Dining by Design: Nature Displayed on the Dinner Table. There will also be a special tour of Winterthur’s outdoor exhibition, Follies: Architectural Whimsy in the Garden.

Dinners during the trip will be held at two private clubs, the Greenville Country Club and The Wilmington Club. The Greenville Country Club, formerly known as Owl’s Nest, was developed in 1915 by Eugene du Pont, Jr.  as a country estate. The Tudor Revival house was a forerunner in the development of “Chateau Country” – the larger landscape of predominantly du Pont family estates built across northern Delaware. The Wilmington Club was designed in the Italianate style by noted architect Edmund George Lind and built in 1864 as a three-story brownstone dwelling.

The price is $1,350 per person (and a $300 suggested tax-deductible donation to AFA), which includes three nights at Hotel du Pont (Saturday, Sunday, Monday). Please contact admin@americanfriendsofattingham.org for information on a single supplement. The hotel has kindly offered the group rate to those who wish to arrive early or extend their stay to attend the Curtains Conference (May 15-16, 2018) where Annabel Westman will be a speaker.

Please note the itinerary for this program is in formation and subject to change. For more information and to reserve a place on the 2018 Study Trip, please contact or call (212) 682-6840. Space is limited.

The $300 suggested contribution, tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law, helps to support this and other activities of the American Friends of Attingham. With the exception of the Fall Benefit Lecture, Study Trips and other events are run at cost. Thank you.

Photos from left: Chestertown Room, Winterthur, courtesy Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, Lady Lilith, 1866-1868 (altered 1872-1873) Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882) Oil on canvas, 39 × 34 in. (99.1 × 86.4 cm) Delaware Art Museum, Samuel and Mary R. Bancroft Memorial, 1935, Corbit-Sharp House c. 1774 courtesy Historic Odessa Foundation.