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John Singer Sargent: combat artist in World War I

August 8, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: history, journalism.

In 1918, John Singer Sargent, 62, was a world-renowned artist, a man famous for his vision, technique, and talent. He could easily have turned down the request from the British government that he go to France and to produce a piece of artwork that would commemorate the alliance between Britain and America that would eventually • Read More »

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Smithsonian Institution’s name and unusual founding

August 17, 2017 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism.

The Smithsonian Institution did not start out as the “nation’s attic.” It began as the storage house for the relics and collections of a British scientist whose connection with the United States is unclear. James Smithson was born in Paris in 1765, the illegitimate son of an English duke. He obtained British citizenship but traveled • Read More »

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