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Plants and Paintings in Philadelphia

October 12, 2019

Valley of Santa Ysabel by Frederic Edwin Church

This tour will focus on accomplishments that preceded the Victorian era. In the morning we will explore Bartram’s Garden, the oldest surviving botanic garden in this country. It was begun in 1728 by John Bartram, a self-taught botanist who collected seeds and plants on travels that took him north to New England, south to Florida and west to Lake Ontario. Back in Philadelphia, he nurtured them in the garden surrounding his house that borders on the Schuylkill River. In the afternoon we will see the exhibit “From the Schuylkill to the Hudson: Landscapes of the Early American Republic” at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. On display will be paintings by such Philadelphia artists as Charles Willson Peale, James Peale and William Russell Birch of the Schuylkill, Delaware and Wissahichon waterways. Works by several Hudson River painters are also included in the exhibit, among them Frederic Edwin Church and Thomas Cole, who trained as an artist in Philadelphia in the 1820s. Lunch will be on our own at the Reading Terminal Market.

No refunds will be made for cancellations.

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Metropolitan Chapter VSA
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NY NY 10003

This tour is limited to 40 participants
FEES: $135 for Victorian Society New York members, $165 for others
Paid reservations must be received by Wednesday, October 9.

Participants in our educational tours must be in excellent health and able to participate safely in the activities involved. If you have any doubt about your ability to participate fully due to health conditions or disabilities, please contact Victorian Society New York at or (212) 886-3742. Victorian Society New York reserves the right to decline to accept or refuse to retain any person as a member of our tours at any time.


October 12, 2019