Wallace Nutting Experts to Lecture at WDS

Bill Hosley

Bill Hosley

Historian Bill Hosley and Wallace Nutting expert Michael Ivankovich will share their insights on Wallace Stevens this fall during two free presentations at the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum. On Thursday, September 22, at 6:30 p.m. Ivankovich will present: “Wallace Nutting Overview: 1861-1941.” On Thursday, October 13, at 6:30 p.m., Hosley will discuss “Wallace Nutting’s Crusade for the Colonial Past.” Both events will be held in the Webb Barn and be preceded by a wine reception, by donation, at 6 p.m.

Ivankovich will provide his impression of Wallace Nutting, the man, provide details on his picture process, how it worked, who the colorists were, and the subjects of his work. He will also discuss Nutting as the author and furniture maker. Notably, as a photographer, Nutting sold more than 10,000,000 hand-colored photographs during his career. He published 18 books, contributed to several others, and wrote a series of articles for numerous prestigious publications. As a furniture maker he created much of the finest bench-made reproduction furniture of the 20th century. But, according to Ivankovich, it was the synergy of the Wallace Nutting name that enabled him to stand out among his peers.

Hosley posits that no figure in this century has done more to advance the study and public awareness of Early-American life than Wallace Nutting. His lecture will provide an overview of Nutting’s remarkable career, from his beginnings as a minister in Providence, Rhode Island, through his years in Southbury, Connecticut, where he first achieved national recognition, to his final years at the helm of a vast Colonial Revival business empire based in Framingham, Massachusetts.

Michael Ivankovich

Michael Ivankovich

Ivankovich is the country’s leading authority on Wallace Nutting pictures, books, and furniture, and has been conducting Wallace Nutting Auctions for nearly 30 years. He has lectured on Wallace Nutting before innumerable groups, and is the author of “The Collectors Guide to Wallace Nutting Pictures,” “The Collectors Guide to Wallace Nutting Furniture,” “The Alphabetical & Numerical Index to Wallace Nutting Pictures,” and more. He is a licensed antiques auctioneer, a Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice-certified appraiser, and a professional home downsizing expert. He has authored “Home Downsizing in 4 Easy Steps.” His radio show, “What’s It Worth? Ask Mike the Appraiser,” airs on WBCB 1490 AM in the Philadelphia area.

Hosley is the principal of Terra Firma Northeast, a cultural-resource development and marketing and communications consultant, a social-media expert, historian, writer, and photographer. He was formerly director of the New Haven Museum and Connecticut Landmarks where he cared for a chain of historic attractions throughout Connecticut. Previously, as a curator and exhibition developer at Wadsworth Atheneum, he organized major exhibitions including “The Great River: Art & Society of the Connecticut Valley,” “The Japan Idea: Art and Life in Victorian America,” “Sense of Place: Furniture from New England Towns,” and “Sam & Elizabeth: Legend and Legacy of Colt’s Empire.” He has studied, lectured and advised hundreds of museums and heritage destinations around the country, and served as a content specialist for PBS, BBC and CPTV film documentaries.

The Wallace Nutting lectures will be offered in conjunction with the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum exhibition: “Wallace Nutting: Preservation Pioneer,” which commemorates the 100th anniversary of Nutting’s opening of the historic Joseph Webb House to the public.  Tours of the Nutting exhibition at the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum are $8. The exhibition is made possible with financial support from Connecticut Humanities, and will run through October 30, 2016. For details see: https://webb-deane-stevens.org/wallace-nutting-preservation-pioneer-exhibition-is-a-centennial-celebration/.

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About the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum

Located in the heart of Connecticut’s largest historic district, the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum consists of three authentically restored 18th-century homes and provides the quintessential New England experience – from the American Revolution to the early 20th century. Tours include the 1752 Joseph Webb House, where General George Washington met with French General Rochambeau, and planned the military campaign leading to the end of the Revolutionary War, the 1770 Silas Deane House, built for America’s first diplomat to France, and the 1788 Isaac Stevens House – depicting life in the 18th and 19th centuries through original family objects and a fascinating children’s exhibit. For rates and hours visit www.webb-deane-stevens.org  or call (860) 529-0612, ext. 12.