Paradise Lost Collectors Weekend

And Antiquarian Books and Art Exhibit

April 14 & 15, 2012
PLUS, The Annual WCIAL Dinner

WCIAL Dinner Details

April 14th Schedule:
2 PM Admission $10:  Dr. Robert J. Wickenheiser, major collector of Milton's Paradise Lost books, art and related materials. He will be exhibiting some of his coveted collections. ‪ABOUT DR. ROBERT J. WICKENHEISER‬

6 PM  $50 Per Person: The Williamsburg Circle of International Arts and Letters Annual Dinner and Open Meeting in the Grand Reception Hall, gorgeously replete with old master paintings and historic displays. 
Home: The Williamsburg Circle

“The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have asked me to thank you for your kind invitation to attend a Special Preview on 14th April 2012...and have asked that I pass on their best wishes for the success of the exhibition." Major Pete Flynn, PARA, The Equerry to TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall
 
“Thank you for your kind letter of February 6th regarding the Williamsburg Circle of International Arts and letters. I am pleased and grateful to be invited to the first event on April 14th...I am sure it will be a great success." Thomas P. Campbell, Director, Metropolitan Museum of Art 

ALL DAY:
A Special Display of Terrance Lindall's  
GOLD ILLUMINATED PARADISE LOST ELEPHANT FOLIO

 Elephant Folio Paradise Lost

Terrance Lindall

The Paradise Lost Elephant Folio is a hand-embellished and gold illuminated 13 x 19 inch book containing 14 full-page color 1000 dpi prints with 23.75 carat gold leaf hand painted pictorial borders on Crane archival paper.

 “‘The Paradise Lost Elephant Folio,’ …is amazing; it is the culmination of Terrance Lindall’s life’s devotion to Milton, to Paradise Lost, and to all that Milton represents and his great epic means.  Because of Lindall’s supreme dedication and artistic achievements, Milton will live in yet another new age, brought to life in refreshingly new ways, made “relevant” in remarkably profound ways.  Because of Terrance Lindall, great new numbers of readers will be attracted to Milton and his profound epic than would otherwise, most assuredly, have been the case.” Dr. Robert J. Wickenheiser
 Read the scholarly commentary: 
Dr. Robert J. Wickenheiser's Commentary for the Elephant Folio

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ALSO CONTEMPORARY
PARADISE LOST ART EXHIBITS

Featured artists:
Bienvenido Bones Banez Jr., Robert Beal & Dario Rivarossa
Guest Artists: 
Stephen Auslender, Alan F. Beck, Philip Catania, Troy Frantz, Jacek Gulla, Aimee Hertog, Janet Hoffman, Estelle Levy, John Lloyd, Mark Mullfinger, Christine Rossi, Larry Scaturro, Agniezka Szyfter, Torie Tiffany, Jania Vanderwerff, Courtney Lee Weida
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SPECIAL ANTIQUARIAN EXHIBITS
 
LADY POMFRET'S COPY OF
THE 1688 EDITION OF PARADISE LOST

Milton

POMFRET BOOK LABLE

 Lady Pomfret was a noble 18th century British woman of great learning, and the Lady of the Bedchamber of Queen Caroline In 1755 Henrietta Louisa Jeffreys, Countess of Pomfret, donated a substantial collection of Greco-Roman statuary to the University of Oxford.
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THE WEDDING ALBUM OF TOM THUMB FROM THE STUDIO OF MATHEW BRADY!

Mathew Brady

Antique Circus entertainer Charles Sherwood Stratton also known as General Tom Thumb (January4, 1838 – July 15, 1883)  was a star in the circus of  P. T. Barnum. Along with his wife Lavinia  Warren and his child he became a famous American showman. This is  his wedding album from the studio of renowned Civil War photographer Mathew Brady: An identical one can be in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art as seen here: Overall there are 12 images. When closed the album measures 1 inch by .75 of an inch. The long connected series of all the images in their ormolu type frames measures 3.5 inches when outstretched. Very unique piece of American history with no examples currently on display anywhere!  

THE 1632 EDITION SECOND FOLIO OF  SHAKESPEARE’S
HAMLET & MACBETH
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 CHARLES LAMB’S
COPY OF FIRST ILLUSTRATED
1691 EDITION OF PARADISE LOST
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RARE  ENGISH GOTHIC STAINED GLASS, C 1450
AND NOTTINGHAM ALABASTER CARVINGS OF ADAM AND EVE, FROM FRANCE C. 1400

antique

Throughout the period of their production Nottingham alabaster images were hugely popular in Europe and were exported in large quantities, some ending up as far afield as Iceland, Croatia and Poland. But by far the greatest export market for these images was in France, where even today some churches retain in situ their English alabaster altarpieces, unlike England, where survivals are extremely rare. The sculptures were normally brightly painted, sometimes all over, sometimes partially, but much of the paint has often been lost. Most alabaster altarpieces and religious carvings, stained glass and other were destroyed in the English Reformation.

AND MUCH MUCH MORE!!!

WCIAL DINNER
ON THE EVENING OF THE 14TH OF APRIL,

The FIRST OPEN MEETING of the circle. Cocktails are from 6-7 PM followed by dinner. We will have a microphone so Members and guests can get up and say a few words and talk about their projects or make proposals to the Circle and tell us what they are doing. Also, there may be some poetry read and there will be light music also. Our own genius composer Peter Dizozza will be doing something unique, I am sure.  We expect it to be, as Thomas Campbell, Director of the Metropolitan Museum said to us in his letter, "...a great success."
 
Anyone can join us for cocktails and the dinner and enjoy conversations 
with our distinguished attending members
RSVP $50 per person.
 
Cocktails  6-7 PM
Dinner 7-10 PM
Pay by check or Paypal
Limited seating
RSVP wahcenter@earthlink.net
 
Do not forget, If you become a supporting member of the circle you get a 50% discount to the dinner plus many other benefits!

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