...and one at the Rothschild estate

posted on 25 Aug 2015 15:27 by Elena Pinto Simon
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….and finally, this past summer, MA student Caroline OConnell had an extraordinary experience as an intern at Waddesdon Manor…..here are some of her thoughts about her summer assignment:

" I was very lucky to spend the summer living on the grounds and working as an intern in the Collections (Curatorial) Department at Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, UK.


Waddesdon is unique in that it is both a carefully preserved historic estate, largely furnished as it was in the late nineteenth century, when the Manor was built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild, and is the repository of a museum-quality collection of decorative and fine art objects, collected over the last century by various members of the storied family.

My work centered on Manor's extensive drawings and prints collection. Along with one of the assistant curators, I inventoried and catalogued some eight hundred works on paper, many of which related to architectural and ornamental designs. The inventory project dovetailed with my research for an upcoming drawings exhibition that will highlight the collection's significant works by two critical figures in French Rococo design: Juste-Aurèle Meissonnier and Gilles-Marie Oppenord.

It was a privilege to learn from and work closely with Waddesdon's Collection Department and I could not help but wish the summer would last longer. "