April 23, 2013Ever since they were acquired by the Mead in 1950, the stunning portraits illustrated here have been collecting dust (metaphorically speaking) in a museum store room: the frames are simply too damaged to display. Yet Samuel Lovett Waldo’s 19th-century Portrait of a Lady and Portrait of a Gentleman deserve to been seen: their quality is excellent and their relationship to other portraits in the collection from the circle of Benjamin West is meaningful.

To bring these long-hidden treasures finally to light, Mead director Lizzie Barker and acting curator of American art Maggie Dethloff have asked master framers Gill & Lagodich to identify various historically appropriate replacement frames (since the current frames are so heavily damaged). We’re leaning towards Option 2...