Archive for March, 2013


Behind the Scenes

Exhibition Designer, Chuck Mack, looks at paint samples and compares them to interiors from the Napoleonic-era. Now that spring is here, preparations for the opening of ‘Woman of Two Worlds:’ Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte and Her Quest for an Imperial Legacy are moving at a rapid pace! The exhibition opening is less than three months away […]

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Abandoned!

Jerome Bonaparte, 1813, Engraving by T.L. Potrelle and M. Gaudin after a painting by Kinson, Collection of the Maryland Historical Society By Heather Haggstrom, Exhibitions Manager Jerome left Elizabeth in Lisbon, promising her that he would convince Napoleon to recognize the marriage. Shortly after his departure, Jerome wrote to Elizabeth saying, “Don’t cry because tears […]

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Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte’s Timeline

With special attention to costume. Prepared by Barbara Meger for the Maryland Historical Society, November 2012 Sources: Burn, Helen Jean. Betsy Bonaparte. Baltimore: The Maryland Historical Society (2010). [B] Lewis, Charlene M. Boyer. Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte—An American Aristocrat in the Early Republic. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press (2012). [L] In Europe. Date Location Event Costume/textile […]

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Bringing Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte To Life

By Chief Curator Alexandra Deutsch Alexandra poses as Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte You just never know what you might have to do as a curator! In the past month, I had to “strike a pose” twice, all in the name of my curatorial duties for our new exhibition, Woman of Two Worlds: Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte and […]

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