Adrian Martinez Presents the Visionary World of Humphry Marshall 1750-1800

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November 5, 2016 - 9:30am to December 30, 2017 - 4:30pm
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An Exhibition by Adrian Martinez


Adrian Martinez Presents the visionary World of Humphry Marshall 1750-1800

 Video created by David Oleski.

See history unfold through the eyes of an artist!

An exhibit of original paintings and historical objects. 



World Around Humphry Marshall will be an artistic exploration of Pennsylvania’s history through the artistic vision of acclaimed artist/guest curator Adrian Martinez. The exhibition, opening in November of 2016 at the Chester County Historical Society, will showcase a unique series of twelve original paintings depicting the evolution of Chester County from frontier to farmland in the eighteenth century, as well as complementary artifacts from the CCHS collection. During this period in Chester County’s history, ordinary people as well as the “great and strange” residents of the area were witness to, and sometimes participants in, Pennsylvania’s transformation from colony to the cultural and financial “heartbeat of America.”

 This show will focus on well-known local figure Humphry Marshall, the botanist, astronomer, stone mason and farmer and others of his era like the Englishmen Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon and their five years of work “drawing the line” in Pennsylvania; and Indian Hannah, known as “last of the Lenape in Chester County” who worked both as guide for Mason and Dixon and a major source of Native American herbal lore for Humphry Marshall. The cycle of original paintings will function as a poetic narrative of this time period in Chester County, while the artifacts from the CCHS collection, and other area collections, will be drawn together using scholarship focusing on the eighteenth and early nineteenth century.


CCHS thanks the Humphry Marshall Trust Fund, under the auspices of CCHS for their generous lead contribution, the 1675 Foundation, the Marshallton Conservation Trust, the Friends of Martin's Tavern and several individuals. Please contact Beth Lindsay at 610-692-4800 or to support Adrian Martinez Presents The Visionary World of Humphry Marshall 1750-1800.



Adrian Martinez is an internationally known professional artist whose work combines a rigorously classical technique with an intensely emotional vision. He was born in Philadelphia, PA, but grew up in Washington, D.C. He studied painting and printmaking and received degrees from the Maryland Institute of Art in Baltimore, Maryland (BFA), St. Martins School of Art in London, England (CS) and Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana (MA).

Adrian’s work is in public and private collections all over the United States and Europe. President George W. and Mrs. Laura Bush commissioned him to paint two large landscapes commemorating the National Parks theme for the White House holiday season in 2007 and these two works are now installed in the George W. Bush Presidential Library. Adrian designed the White House Holiday Card for President and Mrs. Bush in 2001.

 Adrian currently lives with his wife, Leah, their son, Sebastian and three cats in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. He is a member of Downingtown Friends Meeting, is on the Board of Trustees for Old Caln Meetinghouse, is on the Downingtown Planning Commission and is a past president of the Downingtown Main Street Association.

 Image credit to Adrian Martinez


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