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Women of the Manor: Public House Tour
June 10, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm| $25
For over three centuries, the women of Sylvester Manor have been portrayed in paintings and photographs. This exhibition, drawn from collections in the Manor house, shares images and stories of several female Sylvester descendant, paying homage to the women, enslaved and free, who lived and worked in the house and on the grounds.
Among Sylvester Manor’s collection are examples of paintings done by leading portraitists, including a full length portrait from 1884 of Cornelia Horsford by G.P.A. Healy. The collection of photographs spans the history of photography from Daguerreotypes to Polaroids. Included are examples of early color photography in the late 19th Century as well as a Daguerreotype of Mary Gardiner Horsford taken in 1841 in the first Daguerreotype studio in Albany owned by her future husband Professor Eben Horsford. These images of generations of women, along with letters, poems, and ephemera, illustrate their lives and their enduring connection to Sylvester Manor, its house and landscapes.