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The Newberry Library Colloquium

In Search of William Pretyman
Wednesday, August 22, 2012

4 – 5 pm

Towner Fellows’ Lounge

John Waters, Registered Architect

William Pretyman (1849-1920) was a British-born artist and designer who worked in Chicago from the mid-1880’s to the mid-1890’s. Though largely forgotten today, his interior design work included residential, ecclesiastical, and commercial spaces. In 1891 he was named Director of Color at the World’s Columbian Exposition, a position he held until resigning when it was decided to create a “White City.” Restoration of an elaborate stenciled wall covering at the Glessner House Museum created by Pretyman gives an opportunity to revisit the work of this little known, but significant 19th century designer.

The Newberry Library Colloquium is a weekly gathering of Newberry staff members, fellows, scholars-in-residence, and readers on Wednesday afternoon. Refreshments are available at 3:30 pm and an informal presentation begins at 4 pm, followed by discussion. The talks are varied, but all relate to the Newberry collections in some way. Speakers may describe a current research project, highlight a particular collection, or discuss one of the Library’s many ongoing or special programs. The Colloquium is open to the public and no reservations are required.