Describing a painting seen on the British Antiques show, my co-worker Marsha reminded me of a conversation we had about masters of candlelight painting, and of Godfried Schalcken in particular. Years ago I saw one of his paintings in, I believe, the Louvre. It was a small evening scene of men wearing big black Dutch hats, all seated around a dining table.
Irving Penn first published 91 of these photographs in 1960 under the title Moments Preserved: Eight Essays in Photographs and Words. Shooting in New York, London, and Paris studios with only natural light, Penn preserved images of occupations that were soon to be lost, as well as those emerging with newer technologies.
Author Briann Greenfield identifies her book as an examination of New England antique collecting and museum display in the first half of the twentieth century,