The Cairns Collection and Art History Curatorial Studies 2018

February 12th, 2018
Chazen Museum exhibition preparation

Images from our holdings of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin figure in the exhibition at the Chazen Museum of Art curated by students in Prof. Ann Smart Martin’s introduction to museum studies. The exhibition focuses on molded Victorian jugs and “their technologies, artistry, and meanings.”

Because one of the jugs incorporates an image associated with Uncle Tom’s Cabin, we share here several images selected by Alexandria Dunham, one of the students in the class. They come from our extensive collection of editions of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, part of the Cairns Collection of American Women Writers.

Bookplate for works in the Cairns Collection.

From an edition of 1852:

Title page for a London edition (1852), as illustrated with wood engravings by George Cruikshank.

“Eliza crosses the Ohio on the floating ice. The huge green fragment of ice on which she alighted pitched and creaked as her weight came on it ….”

And more than a century later:

Title page for an edition published in 1962 by the Heritage Press. One of the lithographs by Miguel Covarrubias.