We stumble on late Victorian art: Winter Park, Florida

This bowl combines colored and cut glass.

Some wealthy people use their money for yachts.  Some use it for the benefit of the community. Jeannette McKean founded a museum in 1942 to bring American art to the small town of Winter Park and named it after her father Charles Hosmer Morse, a major benefactor for the town.  Her husband, Hugh McKean, was its director for 55 years.  In the 1950s, the two worked to create the most comprehensive collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s [1848-91933] work in the world.

Tiffany is mostly know for his glass lamps,  windows and mosaics.  But he was also a painter, decorator, architect and photographer whose work also included pottery, enamels and jewelry.

He created a Byzantine-Romanesque chapel to show off his work at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.  After the fair, the chapel was moved several times finally disassembled and stored in crates.  The McKeans acquired what remained of the chapel in 1959 and recreated it as far as possible using 1893 photos.

Similarly, the museum also rescued and restored portions of Tiffany’s Long Island estate, Laurelton Hall, which was long neglected after his death and gutted by fire.  Tiffany had designed and supervised the construction of every aspect of the estate from its structure and fixtures to its rugs, furniture and windows.

Despite its focus on Tiffany, museum exhibits also include other examples of American art.  Several of those items make me believe Jeanette or Hugh McKean or both must have had an active sense of humor.

Admission to the museum is inexpensive.  Indeed, on Friday evenings it is free.  Click here for more information.  We previously visited a chapel by Tiffany in Aurora, New York.  Click here for that post.

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About ralietravels

Ray and Alie (Ralie) are a retired couple who love to travel. Even during our working years, we squeezed a trip in whenever we could, often when we had to stretch the budget to do so. We have been fortunate to vacation in all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada and one territory and a little more than 50 countries. We like to drive, but we particularly love to travel back roads to find unusual sights, people, and experiences.
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7 Responses to We stumble on late Victorian art: Winter Park, Florida

  1. leggypeggy says:

    Wow, I love Tiffany’s work so this is a really special post.

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  2. Keith & Loraine Beckman says:

    I wondered if there was any relationship to the Tiffany Jeweler and when I went to look at the works in NY, it so stated. such beautiful work and it is to drool over, really. Thanks for the history again and I really was interested in this segment. Hugs to you both.

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  3. JohnRH says:

    I’ve been to this museum. An absolute must for Tiffany scholars, students, and enthusiasts IMO. Not that many windows as I recall, if you like stained glass window art, as I do, but certainly a treasure trove of all things Tiffany otherwise.

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  4. How beautiful! I love Tiffany Lamps!

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  5. This looks like a museum I would really like to visit, Ray. Thanks. –Curt

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  6. Sue Slaght says:

    I had no idea that Tiffany was anything other than stained glass. I have learned a great deal reading your post. As to the other art5 in the museum i agree there must have been a sense of humor there for sure. Love the mice ganging up together!

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