RB News & Notes

June 8, 2009

Bitgood souvenirs donated at AGO New London 2009 Annual Meeting

Filed under: Bitgood Collections News — Grace @ 10:29 am

It was our pleasure to attend the June 7 AGO New London County Chapter interfaith program on diverse liturgical traditions, followed by a sumptuous Middle Eastern meal and the chapter’s annual meeting. The following souvenirs from the former office of Roberta Bitgood were donated to the new music school currently undergoing incorporation at Christ Episcopal Church, Norwich.

(1) Plaster of Paris bas-relief of St. Cecilia at the organ (round, white, about 5″ in diameter, with an embedded hook at the back for hanging on the wall).

(2) Framed print of the 17th-century painting St. Cecilia and an Angel, by the Italian Orazio Gentileschi, held at the National Gallery of Art (a small framed poster, about 11″ x 14″ including the frame). For interesting information about this painter and his daughter, see: http://www.cosmos-club.org/web/journals/2004/schiff.html

(3) Leaded stained-glass votive light container (about 7″ high, and about 3″ x 3″ square).

(4) Plaster of Paris bust of JS Bach (about 10″ high, pretty substantial).

(5) Plaster of Paris bust of Beethoven (about 7″ high).

Additionally, the former national AGO president’s gavel was turned over to current AGO New London County Chapter Dean, Jesse Glaude, for use by himself and future New London County Chapter deans in carrying out their parliamentary responsibilities.

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