QHS Manuscripts Inspire N-YHS Exhibition
"They brought out two books [letterbooks] and several boxes,
all letters and I think the first thing I read was about how she
[Clara Driscoll] had designed a daffodil lamp. And I started squealing.
At the top it said something like 'Noon at Tiffany's,' so it was
during her lunch hour. What do you do with something like that?"
These words were uttered by Nina Gray when recalling her first
visit to QHS in 2005. What Nina did was to co-curate an exhibition
with Martin Eidelberg, Professor Emeritus of Art History at Rutgers
University and Margaret K. Hofer, New York Historical Society Curator
of Decorative Arts entitled, New Light on Tiffany: Clara Driscoll
and the Tiffany Girls based upon these spectacular letters and illustrated
by lamps in the NYHS Tiffany collection designed by Clara Driscoll.
"I think Tiffany would have died if word had gotten out that
Driscoll designed some of his most famous lamps" said Eidelberg.
Word is now out! At QHS we are receiving numerous scholarly inquiries
concerning these letters and the collection that contains them,
the Wolcott Family Papers. Inquirers vary widely in the nature of
their interests-from labor historians to women's history scholars
to museum curators.
New Light on Tiffany: Clara Driscoll and the Tiffany Girls closed
on July 22, 2007. However it is hitting the road as a traveling
exhibition. As soon as dates and locations are available they will
be announced on this website. A film about Clara Driscoll and her
Tiffany Girls is now in production; again, as soon as it is finished
details about screenings, videos, etc will be announced on this