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Edith Wharton - Newport

Edith Wharton was born to a wealthy New York family in 1862. Edith spent most of her childhood in Newport at her parentís summer residence, known as Pen Craig estate. In her long writing career stretched over forty years and included the publication of more than forty books. One her most influential books and her first, The Decoration of Houses, was written in collaboration with architect Ogden Codman. This book would greatly influence Gilded-Age decorative design and landscaping themes. For more information visit www.redwoodlibrary.org

Charles Bird King - Newport

Charles Bird King was born in Newport, Rhode Island in 1785 and became one of Americaís celebrated 19th century artists. He studied with Leslie and Allston in London, where he resided and painted portraits for several years. He finally established himself in Washington, D. C., in 1822. He would paint portraits of some of the most famous men of his time including Thomas Jefferson. He is perhaps best remembered for his paintings of American Indians, creating a 143 painting series; portraits of members of the five tribes of Native Americans. At the time of his death he bequests to the Redwood library of his native city 75 paintings, 395 volumes, about $10,000, and 14 volumes of engravings. For more information visit www.redwoodlibrary.org