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Art historian and UMW alumna returns to campus for lecture
On Nov. 7, visiting art historian and University of Mary Washington alumna Allison M. Stagg will present a public lecture entitled “James Akin: The First American Caricaturist,” according to a university release.
The lecture, at 5 p.m. in Lee Hall, Room 411 is sponsored by the department of art and art history, with funding from the Wendy Shadwell ’63 Program Endowment in Art History.
Stagg’s talk will focus on American artist James Akin, who gained the title of the most notorious caricaturist of his time after he published a satirical caricature of Thomas Jefferson that criticized his relationship with one of his slaves in 1804.
His caricature and later caricature designs influenced many popular caricaturists of the 19th century.
In addition, Stagg will present an informal overview of her career and answer questions during a group meeting held on Friday, Nov. 8 at 9:30 a.m. in Melchers Hall, Room 107. All students and faculty are welcome to attend.
Students who wish to meet individually with Stagg, can sign up at the department office, Melchers 217.
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