Viscount Admiral Richard Howe (1726-1799) and General William Howe (1729-1814); A Declaration, 1776; One of only six copies known to survive of a reply to the Declaration by King George III's official representatives in North America. Gift of J. Brooks Hoffman, M.D., Class of 1940. x1220
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How did Matta’s Rain get here?

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Thanks to James Thrall Soby’s (author, critic, connoisseur, collector and patron of the arts) enthusiasm for Surrealism and passion for Williams College, Matta’s “Rain” has published, exhibited, and been very much enjoyed by museum staff and visitors alike since 1950.

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How did the cuneiform objects get here?

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As with our pieces from the Bolles-Rogers family and John Davis Hatch, sometimes the story behind how objects came into the museum’s collection or life events of the donors can be very interesting. Dr. John Henry Haynes donated to the museum thirty-six Mesopotamian clay objects with cuneiform inscriptions.

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Food and Family

As Thanksgiving rapidly approaches our thoughts turn to food and family. If you search our collection database using the term “food” under the quick search, you can find a variety of objects. We have World War I posters that warn against wasting food. We have a rice harvesting tool from Vietnam. We have a color, Farm Security Administration photograph of women slicing pies.  We also have a small terracotta of a woman baking bread in an oven, which is from Boeotia,…

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Bringing Pottery Sherds to Life

When we started working on our Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) ancient art digitization grant a couple of years ago, we began to research some objects that came into the museum with very little information, often with no date or culture to speak of. Laura Lesswing, Williams Art History Graduate class of 2010, was a big help to me. We reviewed the curatorial files for leads on information about the objects. In the file for a group of…

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