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American LouvreA History of the Renwick Gallery Building

Published by GILES in association with the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

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Published — (UK and USA)

Dimensions — 112 pages, 222 x 222 mm, (8¾ x 8¾ in)

Illustrations — 45 colour and 45 B&W

Format — Hardback

Price — UK£16.95/US$24.95

ISBN — 978-1-907804-81-6

Press Release — The first American public building dedicated to...

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An engagingly written volume which tells the colourful story of the Renwick Gallery’s initial glory, decline, and rebirth over a period of 160 years

Fully illustrated with maps, original architectural designs, historical and contemporary photographs, and comparative and contextual images

About the Book

The Renwick Gallery is the oldest extant building in the United States constructed exclusively as a public art museum. Charles J. Robertson reveals how a new pavilion of the Louvre inspired William Wilson Corcoran and James Renwick to create a highly ornamented building in the centre of federal Washington that would encourage “American genius” and demonstrate that American art could rival that of Europe.

The Renwick Gallery building has survived wartime expropriation, abuse and neglect, and threatened demolition over its 160-year history. It has been subject to many changes and challenges but has come full circle to serve its original purpose, “Dedicated to Art”.

About the Author(s)

Charles J. Robertson is the deputy director emeritus of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and a specialist in American decorative arts.