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Abraham Darby

Overview page. Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design — British History.


The founder of the great Shropshire iron industry, using local supplies of coal and iron. He was born in Worcestershire of a quaker family, apprenticed in Birmingham,...

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Alfredo Jaar

Overview page. Subjects: Art — United States History.

(1956– )

Chilean artist. Born in Santiago, he left his native country as an exile from the Pinochet regime in 1981. He now lives and works in New York. Jaar's work is highly...

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Alison Saar

Overview page. Subjects: Art — United States History.

(b. 5 February 1956),

artist. Alison Saar works in diverse media, but she is best known for her sculpture and installations developed through assemblage, using recycled materials....

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Alma Thomas

Overview page. Subjects: Art — United States History.

(b. 22 September 1891; d. 24 February 1978), abstract artist.

Thomas created paintings that are in a way reminiscent of Handel’s “Water Music” or Schubert’s “Trout Quintet.” They...

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American System of Manufactures

Overview page. Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art — United States History.

(19th century)

The American System of Manufactures came to international attention at the Great Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations, London, of 1851, and reflected the rapid...

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Anglo-Saxon art and architecture

Overview page. Subjects: Art — British History.

Now only survives fragmentarily and even what remains is not necessarily representative of what once existed. Our view of architecture, for example, is distorted by the near-total loss of...

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art History

Overview page. Subjects: Art — Regional and National History.

An academic discipline which, as its name implies, is concerned with the historical study of art in all its manifestations throughout the ages to the present day. Its origins can be traced...

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Atsidi, Sani

Peter Iverson.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Native American History; World History; Metalwork. 715 words.

Atsidi, Sani (1830–1917), Navajo silversmith, was born in Navajo country in present-day Arizona near Canyon de Chelly, a member of the Dibelizhini (Black Sheep) clan. His parents’ names and...

Augusta Savage

Overview page. Subjects: Art — United States History.


Sculptor. Largely because much of her work was lost or destroyed, she is more remembered today for her community activism during the Harlem Renaissance than for her...

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Baines, (John) Thomas (1820–1875), artist and explorer

Elizabeth Baigent.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Art; World History; Maps and Map-making; Australasian and Pacific History; African History. 824 words.

Baines, (John) Thomas (1820–1875), artist and explorer, was born on 27 November 1820 at King's Lynn, Norfolk, the second son and one of three surviving children of Mary Ann Watson and John...