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Watercolor Sketches are highlighted at HMA

January 19, 2019

The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON - “Picturing the Grand Tour: Watercolor Sketches” by An Anonymous Painter-Traveler is set to be the focus of the January Huntington Museum of Art Tuesday Tour at 7 p.m. Jan. 22. This is a Macy’s Free Tuesday event. This exhibit includes a collection of 20 watercolor sketches that depict a number of points of interest along the popular tourist routes in the Near East, including areas of Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon and Syria.

These works were a gift to the Huntington Museum of Art from Drs. Joseph and Omayma Touma. The 19th century sketches in this exhibit include views of monuments and historic structures as well as scenes of local residents in the countryside. Though the artist is unknown, the visual record left behind provides a fascinating record of a land that captivated the collective imagination of determined tourists more than a century ago.

Presented with support from The Isabelle Gwynn and Robert Daine Exhibition Endowment, this program is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture, and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts. For more information on events at the Huntington Museum of Art, visit www.hmoa.org or call 304-529-2701. HMA is fully accessible.

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