Monmouth County Historical Association’s newest exhibition That Memorable Sabbath-Day: The Battle of Monmouth in Drawings, Paintings & Prints is now open at the Museum at 70 Court Street.
A reception to celebrate the exhibition’s opening will be held on Thursday, July 21 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with Curator of Museum Collections Joseph W. Hammond and Guest Curator Carol Lowery, PhD. The reception is open to the public at no charge and refreshments will be served.
That Memorable Sabbath-Day: The Battle of Monmouth in Drawings, Paintings & Prints explores artistic interpretations of the Battle of Monmouth. The battle was fought on June 28, 1778, a Sunday. During the mid-nineteenth century, as Americans became increasingly interested in their country’s rise to nationhood, depictions of historical events such as the Battle of Monmouth became popular with audiences throughout the eastern United States. Artists––professional and amateur alike––responded by creating drawings, paintings, and prints that brought the battle to life. The Association’s collections include a large number of such works.
This exhibition features a range of interpretations, from grand manner history painting and pictorial records of a documentary nature to scenes of romance, fantasy, drama, and outright caricature––all of which, whether grounded in fact or fiction, helped shape our awareness of what the American historian Benson J. Lossing (1813–91) described as “that memorable Sabbath-day in June, 1778.”
Also on display and open for the enjoyment of guests at the reception is, Of the Best Materials and Good Workmanship: 19th Century New Jersey Chairmaking. This exhibition has been held beyond its original closing date.
This program is made possible in part by Monmouth Arts through funding from the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
Monmouth County Historical Association, a private non-profit organization that has been working to preserve history and provide educational opportunities since its founding in 1898 comprises a Museum, Archives, Research Library in Freehold and Five Historic House Museums located around the county. The Museum and Research Library is located at 70 Court Street in Freehold. Museum hours are: Tuesdays – Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Research Library hours are: Wednesdays –Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Five Historic House Museums around the County are open seasonally. House Museum hours generally are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For further information about the Association, please call (732) 462-1466 or visit the web site at www.monmouthhistory.org.
Monmouth County Historical Association received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.