|About the Book|
In 1808, English-born entrepreneur Benjamin Bakewell, in partnership with several other businessmen, purchased a foundering glassworks in Pittsburgh. By the 1820s it was recognized as one of the young nations premier glass establishments. An exhibition at the Frick Art and Historical Center featuring some 120 objects, most of which are Bakewell products, will run from January 22 to March 27, 2005. The emphasis of the show, curated by Arlene Palmer, is on table and ornamental glass pieces that were used in both well-to-do and common households. The accompanying catalog, Artistry and Innovation in Pittsburgh Glass, 1808-1882, broadens readers perspectives on these objects by discussing Pittsburghs labor and manufacturing history in the context of the regions once-thriving glass industry.