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The Jacalyn and William P. Egan Lecture

Decoding Gilded Age Designer Jules Allard


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Rosecliff 548 Bellevue Ave
Newport, RI 02840
July 30, 2024 6:00pm
  • This lecture is free to attend; registration is required.
  • Live at Rosecliff and via Zoom video.
  • Please arrive at Rosecliff in time to be seated for the lecture.
  • Virtual attendees will receive Zoom link 24 hours in advance.

The Preservation Society of Newport County holds the largest collection of works by Parisian-born designer Jules Allard, whose businesses in Paris and New York catered to a clientele of wealthy, socially ambitious Americans. Although Allard’s work came to define the aesthetic of the Gilded Age in Newport and New York, his work has remained relatively unstudied. Curatorial Fellow Ben Bowery will explore Allard’s life and work, discuss some of his findings and illuminate the working process of this fascinating designer.

Ben Bowery Fellows Lecture 8-8-23

Benjamin Bowery

Benjamin Bowery earned an MA in Decorative Art and Design from George Washington University and the Smithsonian Associates. His Master’s focus was 20th-century American furniture and interiors. 

He has worked as a researcher for the Williamsburg Documentary Project via the College of William and Mary and as an intern in the American Painting, Sculpture and Decorative Arts departments at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

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