Monday 29 April 2013Living Artfully
LIVING ARTFULLY: At Home with Marjorie Merriweather Post will be published by D Giles Limited in association with Hillwood Museums and Gardens Foundation, Washington, D.C., in June 2013. It is a beautifully illustrated account of the three main homes of Mrs Post through the 1950s to 1970s, and gives us a glimpse into a fast disappearing but magnificent lifestyle - one of her guests called it “a treasure”.
From 1957 onwards Mrs Post lived in stately Hillwood in Washington, D.C. for spring and autumn, retreated to Camp Topridge in the Adirondacks for the summer, and enjoyed the winter season at her glamorous villa Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach. This book follows her yearly calendar and is strongly evocative of the lifestyle magazines of the period. It offers a vibrant and intimate picture of life in each residence—for Marjorie Post, her guests and her staff.
Marjorie Merriweather Post (1887-1973) was one of America’s most stylish and powerful women, a director of General Foods, Inc., philanthropist, patriot and internationalist. Her keen interest in art resulted in a superb personal collection, but rather than keeping it stored away from view she decided that she, her guests and staff would live surrounded by beautiful treasures. Her talent for planning, and huge financial resources, enabled her to create three magnificent homes.
Author Estella M. Chung draws on Hillwood’s remarkable oral history collection, archives, photographs, period journals and ephemera, as well as her own interviews with those who knew Mrs Post, including her daughter, actress Dina Merrill Hartley. Especially fascinating are the rare and intimate glimpses provided by the staff, such as the interviews with surviving members like Earle Loy, Mrs. Post’s former Head Gardener, now aged 91.
Estella M. Chung is the head of oral history and curator of American material culture and history at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, in Washington, D.C.
At Home with Marjorie Merriweather Post
Estella M. Chung
254 × 210 mm, (8 1⁄4 × 10 in)
170 colour illustrations
In association with the Hillwood Museums & Gardens Foundation, Washington, D.C.
Publication date: June 2013
Publisher: D Giles Limited, London
Distributed in the US and Canada by CBSD, Consortium Book Sales & Distribution
Distributed in the UK and Rest of World (excluding US and Canada) by ACC
Phone: +44 (0)1394 389 950
For Further Information and Review Copies:
In the USA contact: Karen Lunstead
Tel: 845 297 4569
In the UK contact: Liz Japes
Tel: +44 (0)1273 480 225