Stylish Ladies and Artistic Lodging

Historians Paul F. Miller and Charles J. Burns will give an illustrated talk on nine important portraits of prominent ladies with ties to Newport by Belle Epoque portraitist Giovanni Boldini. This three-part series will explore their lives and connections to major Newport summer villas.


This three-part series includes:

Wednesday, July 25: Giovanni Boldini and His Newport Ladies Portraits

Wednesday, August 1: Historic Summer Residences of Salve Regina

Wednesday, August 8: Vinland and the Watts Sherman House


The Lecturers 

Paul F. Miller has been Curator of The Preservation Society of Newport County since 1995. A graduate of The John Hopkins University and a former Getty Scholar at the Getty Research Institute, his specialty is the field of Gilded Age architectural interiors. In addition to multiple restoration projects in Newport, he recently exhibited at the Redwood in 2014: “Portraits of Interiors … Interior Illustrators in Newport Collections." His recent publications include: “Alva Vanderbilt Belmont, Arbiter Elegantiarum” in the Journal of the History of Collecting, Oxford University Press (2015) and “Handelar’s Black Choir” in the Metropolitan Museum of Art Journal.

Charles J. Burns, currently with the Newport Restoration Foundation, served as the Associate Curator of the Preservation Society for over twenty years from 1989-2015. He holds MAs from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, and Wesleyan University.. The author of numerous articles on Newport decorative arts and social history, he teaches an annual class on Newport’s architecture, decorative arts and history at Sotheby’s in New York. He also lectures widely, most recently, on the collections and life of Miss Doris Duke.  

Tickets are $25 per lecture, or $60 for the series. Wine and cheese will be served at 5:30 p.m. followed by the lecture 6:00 p.m. Register Online or call 401-847-0292 to purchase tickets.

This lecture series is generously sponsored by Jarzombek Family: Marianne, Mark and Michelle Drum.