Bidwell portrait will come home


TYRINGHAM -- The Bidwell House Museum in Monterey will celebrate the donation of Mary Gray Bidwell's portrait at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 14, with "Welcoming Mary Bidwell: A Story of Love, Marriage and Politics in the 1790s Berkshire Hills" at Tyringham Union Church, Main Road.

Sam Herrup of Samuel Herrup Antiques, Sheffield, will talk about portrait paintings and portraitists in early America, and Rick Bidwell Wilcox will tell the story of the subject of the painting, Mary Gray (1764-1808) and her politician husband, Barnabas Bidwell (1763-1833),

The portrait of Mary Gray Bidwell, wife of the Rev. Adonijah Bidwell's son Barnabas, comes to the museum from John and Judy Herdeg of Mendenhall, Pa. The portrait opens a chapter of the Bidwell family story, and it comes with a mystery: Who painted Mary Gray Bidwell? For information, call (413) 528-6888.


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