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Adrian Martinez reveals the visionary world of Humphry Marshall 1750-1800

Adrian Martinez, photo courtesy of CCHS

See history unfold through the eyes of nationally acclaimed artist Adrian Martinez as he reveals the story of Humphry Marshall, Chester County’s first great botanist and environmentalist. Set in the period of 1750-1800, it's a story told in a compelling fashion reminiscent of the great painters of the Brandywine Valley.

The exhibit is now open and runs through December 2017 at Chester County Historical Society, 225 N High St, West Chester PA 19380. Museum hours are 9:30am to 4:30pm Tuesday through Saturday (closed holidays). Admission: $6 adults; $5 seniors; $3.50 students and children over six years old; FREE for CCHS members. Convenient parking located across the street from CCHS at the Chestnut Street Garage.

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What happens when art and history collide?
In a word, magic. The eighteenth century world, as Humphry Marshall knew it, comes alive as Adrian Martinez artistically curates the multifaceted exhibit to showcase the richness of early Pennsylvanian history. Viewers will experience a series of twelve newly completed paintings by Martinez alongside historical objects from both the CCHS collection and other local collections. Together, the exhibit depicts the evolution of Chester County from frontierland to farmland.

Humphry Marshall (1722–1801) was a botanist, astronomer, stone mason, farmer, and early environmentalist. He has been called the "Father of American Dendrology", the science of wooded plants. He mingled with other great historical personalities such as Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon who spent five years surveying what would become the Mason-Dixon Line in Pennsylvania; and Indian Hannah, known as "last of the Lenape Tribe in Chester County" who worked both as guide for Mason and Dixon and was a major source of Native American herbal lore for Humphry Marshall. The cycle of original paintings function as a poetic narrative of eighteenth century Brandywine Valley. Artifacts from the CCHS collection, as well as other area collections, are drawn together using scholarship focusing on the eighteenth and early nineteenth century.

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CCHS is grateful for the financial support of the Humphry Marshall Trust Fund which, under the auspices of CCHS, provided the generous lead contribution; the 1675 Foundation; the Marshallton Conservation Trust; the Friends of Martin's Tavern; and several individuals.

You are invited to support this and other outstanding exhibits and presentations. Contact Beth Lindsay at 610-692-4800 or to learn how you can become a supporter of Chester County Historical Society.

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Posted August 26, 2016 by Malcolm Johnstone in cooperation with Chester County Historical Society.


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