Printing the (Phillips) Diamond Jubilee

Photos of the plate and print proposed by Scip Barnhart for the Phillips's 60th anniversary

Plate and print proposed by Scip Barnhart for the Phillips's 60th anniversary. Photos: Scip Barnhart

Long before he led Thursday’s Jasper Johns-inspired printmaking demonstration, Scip Barnhart brought his master printer credentials to the Phillips. In 1981, Scip presented Marjorie Phillips with this proposal for a 60th anniversary commemorative print–an image of Duncan Phillips posed with furrowed brow before the museum’s original entrance, as if seen through a fishbowl or convex mirror. Though the print was not accepted for the diamond anniversary, Scip held onto it over more than 30 intervening years (it hangs framed on an upstairs wall of his home) and shared it with us as we prepared for a major exhibition focused on innovation in his medium of printmaking.

Phillips Flashback: June 15, 1923

The Phillips family house at 21st and Q Streets NW, built in 1897

The Phillips family house at 21st and Q Streets NW, built in 1897. (Left) Circa 1900, the house as originally conceived. (Right) 1930s, after the House had been expanded three times, the most recent addition in 1923 to add Marjorie's studio, a library, and nursery as a fourth floor. Photos: Phillips Collection Archives

The Phillipses are granted a building permit by the District of Columbia for an addition designed by local architect Frank H. Brooke. The permit calls for “a full fourth story by changing the present roof and making a mansard roof . . .” which provides Marjorie Phillips with studio space for painting, as well as a small library and a nursery. The estimated cost for the work is $6,500.

Phillips Flashback: May 28, 1950

Edvard Munch installed in the Main Gallery, 1950

Edvard Munch installed in the Main Gallery, 1950. Photo: Phillips Collection Archives

On May 28, 1950, a show by the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, little known in the United States, opens at the Phillips Gallery. The show features 171 oil paintings and the catalogue is the first substantial English publication on the artist.

Edvard Munch in Gallery D, 1950

Edvard Munch in Gallery D, 1950. Photo: Phillips Collection Archives