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Please join us for a special viewing of three exhibitions:

Beatrix Potter: The Picture Letters
(Rescheduled from November 1, 2012)
Remarks: 10:30–10:45am

Fantasy and Invention:
Rosso Fiorentino and Sixteenth-Century Florentine Drawing
Remarks: 10:45

Happy Holidays from the Morgan!

Tuesday, November 20

  RSVP: media@themorgan.org; 212-590-0393

The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Avenue, New York City

Beatrix Potter: The Picture Letters
November 2, 2012–January
27, 2013

This exhibition explores the extraordinary tale of how Beatrix Potter, a largely self-taught artist and writer, used a series of private letters to develop some of the most beloved animal characters in all of children’s literature
—including Peter Rabbit. The exhibition brings together for the first time twenty-two letters, as well as printed books, original artwork, manuscripts, and early children’s toys and games inspired by Potter’s stories.
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Fantasy and Invention: Rosso Fiorentino and Sixteenth-Century Florentine Drawing

November 16, 2012–February 3, 2013

This focused exhibition uses Rosso Fiorentino’s captivating Holy Family with the Young Saint John the Baptist as a starting point for tracing the emergence of Mannerism in Florentine Renaissance art. The Holy Family, on loan from the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, is one of only three paintings by the artist in the United States. The exhibition also includes some twenty drawings from the Morgan’s collection; five autograph documents and letters from leading artists of the day, including Michelangelo; two printed books; and a rare drawing by Rosso, on loan from The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Happy Holidays from the Morgan!

November 20, 2012–January 13, 2013

From a cold Christmas day at Valley Forge to a cozy ball at Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig’s, the Morgan will mark the holiday season with a display of diverse holiday-themed objects. This year, in addition to the annual presentation of Charles Dickens’s original manuscript of A Christmas Carol, visitors will also see George Washington's letter to Elbridge Gerry, imploring him to use his influence in the Continental Congress to support the suffering troops during the long winter campaign against the British; the manuscript of A Christmas Vacation, written by an eleven-year-old Truman Capote; original sheet music from some of the most memorable holiday tunes composed by American songwriters, including Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (1942) and Meredith Wilson’s It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (1951); and more.

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Beatrix Potter (1866–1943)
Autograph letter to Eric Moore, August 21, 1892, detail
Cotsen Children’s Library. Department of Rare Books and Special Collections.
Princeton University Library
Princeton University Library

Rosso Fiorentino (1494–1540)
Holy Family with the Young Saint John the Baptist, ca. 1520
Walters Art Museum, Baltimore
Photo © The
Walters Art Museum, Baltimore

Charles Dickens (1812–1870)
A Christmas Carol in Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas
London: Chapman and Hall, 1843
The Morgan
Library & Museum, New York. PML 30615
Photography: Graham S. Haber

The Morgan Library & Museum
225 Madison Avenue
New York, NY, 10016
United States

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