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The Winter Show 2019 Loan Exhibition Collecting Nantucket, Connecting the World Nantucket Historical Association

The Winter Show is pleased to announce the 2019 loan exhibition Collecting Nantucket, Connecting the World, celebrating 125 years of collecting by the Nantucket Historical Association (NHA). The Winter Show’s annual loan exhibition offers visitors a focused look at exceptional collections of art, antiques, and design from leading historic institutions, reflecting the quality, range, and expertise of the fair’s exhibitors.

Collecting Nantucket, Connecting the World explores Nantucket’s extraordinary history through the Association’s renowned collection of paintings, craft, and folk art. For more than 150 years, the island of Nantucket, located off the coast of Cape Cod, has been well known for its whaling heritage, New England seaport atmosphere, and as a famous summer holiday destination. NHA’s Gosnell Executive Director James Russell adds, “Nantucket holds a special place in the minds of many. There is a yearning to reach this spit of land 30 miles out to sea that was a strategic crossroads in the 18th and 19th centuries. Our collection has been carefully shaped for 125 years, and the items chosen for the loan exhibition have much to teach our generation as we admire the global accomplishments, entrepreneurial genius, and artistic skill of Nantucket islanders from the colonial period and the early republic through the present.”

Nantucket’s diverse people, from Native Wampanoag sailors and English settlers to African American businessmen and colorful sea captains, find pride of place in a selection of portraits by such artists as Gilbert Stuart, Eastman Johnson, Elizabeth R. Coffin, Spoilum, and James Hathaway. Additional highlights include spectacular examples of sailors’ scrimshaw, journals from captain’s wives, and art inspired by the whale hunt and sea journeys to the far side of the world.

The Association is also pleased, during the 200th birthday year of Herman Melville, to display the only surviving relics from the 1820 tragedy of the whaleship Essex, whose destruction by an angry whale inspired key aspects of Moby-Dick.

Helen Allen, Executive Director of The Winter Show adds, “We are honored to welcome the Nantucket Historical Association as The Winter Show’s 2019 lending institution and to showcase their extraordinary collection. The loan exhibition offers the fair’s collectors and visitors an opportunity to appreciate and be inspired by the rich history, depth, and scholarship of NHA’s collection.”

Nantucket Historical Association
The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) tells the inspiring stories of Nantucket through its collections, programs, and properties. The NHA has been collecting and conserving the history of Nantucket since 1894. Recognizing the island’s renowned collection of paintings, craft, and folk arts and its history as both a hunting ground and whaling center.

The Winter Show
The Winter Show celebrates its 65th year as the leading art, antiques, and design fair in America, featuring 70 of the world’s leading experts in the fine and decorative arts. The Winter Show is an annual benefit for East Side House Settlement, a community-based organization serving the Bronx and Northern Manhattan. East Side House’s programs focus on education and technology as gateways out of poverty and the keys to economic opportunity.

All net proceeds from the fair’s general admission, the Opening Night Party and all other special events benefit East Side House and contribute substantially to its philanthropic budget. No part of sales made by exhibitors is received by East Side House. The Winter Show runs from January 18-27, 2019, at the Park Avenue Armory, 67th Street and Park Avenue, New York City. Hours of admission are 12 PM–8 PM daily, except Sundays and Thursday, 12 PM–6 PM, and Tuesday, 12 PM–4:30 PM. Daily admission is $25, which includes the Show’s award-winning catalogue.

To purchase tickets for the Opening Night Party on January 17, 2019, call (718) 292-7392 or visit

East Side House Settlement
East Side House Settlement is a community-based organization in the South Bronx. Recognizing education as the key to economic and civic opportunity, East Side House works with schools, community centers, and other partners to bring quality education and resources to individuals in need, helping approximately 10,000 residents of the South Bronx and Northern Manhattan improve their lives each year. For more information, please visit

Mor information:

Spermo Cutting In Whales On Japan, 1822, ca. 1823 J. Fisher (life dates uncertain) Oil on canvas; 18 3/4 x 24 3/4 in. Nantucket Historical Association Collection, gift of the Friends of the Nantucket Historical Association