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Starkweather at Hickory Museum

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Hickory Museum of Art William Starkweather Book Exhibition
"Hidden Treasures"
The exhibition ended on July 11th, 2013.
There was a catalog signing and walk through tour as well. Catalogs are available through the Museum Gift Shop.


The Hickory Museum of Art in Hickory, North Carolina. The exhibition of books and magazines illustrated, designed or authored by William Edward Bloomfield Starkweather, was from March through July 2013. This was the first major exhibition of the books as a collection and a first for the Museum. The books are from the Golden Age of Book Illustration in America and represent over 45 authors. Ralph Waldo Emerson, James Allen, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Rudyard Kipling and Arthur Conan Doyle are a few of the famous authors. The book written before Peter Pan, the book written before Tarzan and the books written before Sherlock Holmes are part of this collection 80 book collection. The Hickory Museum has an excellent catalog available for sale of the entire exhibition with color images of the books and statements about the artist, authors and history of the Golden Age of Book Binding in America.

Explanation of research about Starkweather books
History of the collection of Starkweather books


There are over 80 books and 11 magazines in this exhibition which show the unique talents of the artist William Starkweather.
Many of the books were designed for the publisher R.F. Fenno and company. Some were for Grosset and Dunlap and F.M. Buckles and Co.
The collection unlocks the secrets of "Hidden Treasures" and shows a range of books from 1874 to 1910.






Signing Hidden Treasures catalogs
July 11, 2013 Hickory Museum of Art, N.C.

White Gloves examination of books
Behind the scenes discussion at Hidden Treasures

Examining the Starkweather books
Looking closely at the books

Looking at Starkweatbooks from the display
Handling Starkweather books appropriately

Closing lecture on July 11, 2013.
Image by Louise Millmann

The Hickory Museum of Art also has an excellent collection of 10 William E.B. Starkweather paintings in their permanent collection and they have been on exhibit in the Paul Whitener Gallery through July 2013. 

The catalog for the "Hidden Treasures" exhibition was made available at the TFAOI (Traditional Fine Arts Organization) web site.

A  current list of books illustrated or designed by William Starkweather from 1892 to 1910.

A current list of articles written by William Starkweather.

A  current list of books illustrated or designed by William Starkweather from 1892 to 1910.

A current list of articles written by William Starkweather.


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