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The Bostonians

Dr Erica Hirshler discusses the distinctive character of Bostonians — lovers of learning, literature, social reform, thrift, women’s rights and art.

“Tomorrow night I appear for the first time before a Boston audience: 4000 critics,” wrote the American humorist Mark Twain, teasing the city’s citizens for the great pride they took in their own intellectual accomplishments. Using contemporary commentary by Henry James and others, Dr Erica E. Hirshler, curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, discusses the distinctive character of Bostonians—lovers of learning, literature, social reform, thrift, and women’s rights—and describes the men and women who became some of America’s most adventurous collectors of French paintings by Millet, Corot, Monet and others.


Dr Erica E. Hirshler | talks


Date and Time:

9 September 2005 at 6:30 pm


1 hour



Royal Academy of Arts
Burlington House
020 7300 8000

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