Anna Deavere Smith delivers the 44th Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities
By Anna Maria Gillis |
HUMANITIES, January/February 2012 | Volume 33, Number 4
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John Hampson dabbled in the natural world, which meant capturing beetles, moths, and butterflies. Instead of mounting them, Hampson created art that depicted, among other subjects, George Washington. A machinist, Hampson had the “delicacy of a surgeon’s touch,” according to the Newark Evening News in February 1923. He took “gaudily winged little insects and fashioned them into designs and pictures, rivaling the minute patchwork and samplers of years ago for intricacy and patience consumed, but exceeding any of these in coloration.” Hampson’s mosaics are now in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, at the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, which has received an NEH preservation assistance grant.
Courtesy Jenks Studio, St. Johnsbury, VT
Detail of Hampson's mosaic
Picture of a Humanist
Whaling the Old Way
Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
Audubon the Writer
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