ROBERT DAVID LION GARDINER FOUNDATION AWARDS
MAJOR GRANT TO THE NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Foundation will support the publication of a new scholarly catalogue
Artist in Exile: The Visual Diary of Baroness Hyde de Neuville

New York, NY—January 10, 2019—The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation has awarded $43,050 to the New-York Historical Society to produce Artist in Exile: The Visual Diary of Baroness Hyde de Neuville.

This publication will give long-overdue public and scholarly consideration to the works of Anne-Marguérite-Joséphine-Henriette Rouillé de Marigny, Baroness Hyde de Neuville (1771–1849), a remarkable traveler-artist working in America during the pivotal early decades of the 19th century—and the only known female traveler-artist in North America during her era. This landmark publication will shed new light on her career and will include a full catalogue of the exhibition’s 110 watercolors and drawings (plus an appendix reproducing all of the other 92 works by Neuville), which capture an unrivaled visual diary of life in New York and along the eastern seaboard of the United States. The catalogue will be available in fall of 2019 and accompanied by a major exhibition in New-York Historical Society’s Joyce B. Cowin Women’s History Gallery.

The incomparable images in Artist in Exile will provide a window into life in the early American republic and showcase its ethnic and cultural diversity through portraits offering a unique cross section of early U.S. society, from French émigré friends to American Indians, African American, or Caribbean slaves and domestic workers, and West Indian refugees. The catalogue will also include rare glimpses of the region’s landscapes and geographical features—including one of the earliest depictions of the north side of Montauk Point and many representations of its waterways, including some looking toward Long Island, and harbors surrounding Long Island and Long Island Sound, New York City, and the Hudson and Mohawk rivers.

The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation’s essential support—along with grants from The Wyeth Foundation for American Art, the Greater Hudson Heritage Network, and Furthermore, a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund, as well as gifts from Barbara E. Wagner, Helen Appel, Pam Schafler, David and Laura Grey, and Myron and Adeline Hofer—will ensure that the Baroness Hyde de Neuville and her important and exciting documentation of people and places will regain their rightful place in the history of America.  

About the New-York Historical Society
The New-York Historical Society, one of America’s preeminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research and presenting history and art exhibitions and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, New-York Historical has a mission to explore the richly layered history of New York City and State and the country and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history. The Patricia D. Klingenstein Library is home to more than 350,000 books, three million manuscripts, and distinctive collections of maps, photographs, and prints, as well as ephemera and family papers documenting the history of the United States from a distinctly New York perspective. New-York Historical’s collections are particularly rich in material pertaining to the American Revolution and the early Republic, the Civil War, and the Gilded Age. To learn more, visit www.nyhistory.org.

About the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation
The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, established in 1987, primarily supports the study of New York State history, with an emphasis on Suffolk County. Robert David Lion Gardiner was, until his death in August 2004, the 16th Lord of the Manor of Gardiner’s Island, NY. For more information about the Robert D.L. Gardiner Foundation, please visit www.rdlgfoundation.org.

Press Contacts
Ines Aslan
New-York Historical Society
212.485.9264
Ines.aslan@nyhistory.org

Marybeth Ihle
New-York Historical Society
212-873-3400 ext. 326
marybeth.ihle@nyhistory.org

Kathryn M. Curran, Executive Director
Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, Inc.
148 E. Montauk Hwy. Hampton Bays, NY 11946
631-594-3990
Kathryn@rdlgfoundation.org

Date: 
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Creative: Tronvig Group