William Sargent, Peabody Essex Museum
will explain the origins and techniques of reverse paintings on glass.
will investigate the presence of Chinese eglomisé paintings in the colonial period and the exportation of iconic American images in the Federal period, and later.
will provide the context for reverse paintings on glass by source images, national pride and the display of these paintings in American homes.
Bill Sargent graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston with a bachelor's degree in fine arts.
After serving in the United States Navy, he became a curator for the Huntington Art Museum in landlocked West Virginia.
He also earned a master's degree in art history from Marshall University while working in West Virginia.
spent the next 32 years in progressively more responsible curatorial positions for the China Trade Museum
as it became integrated into the Peabody Essex Museum
of Salem, Massachusetts.
publications include American Art: From the Limners to The Eight (1976); Contemporary Printmaking (1977); The Copeland Collection: Chinese and Japanese Ceramic Figures (1991); Views of the Pearl River Delta: Macao, Canton and Hong Kong (1996); and Treasures of Chinese Export Ceramics at the Peabody Essex Museum
also contributed "A Porcelain Menagerie: Chinese and Japanese Ceramics from the Copeland Collection" to The Magazine Antiques (January 1992).
spoke to the Forum about "Inspiration and Imitation: Chinese Influences on American Decorative Arts and Architecture" in 2002.