Beyond Midnight: Paul Revere

Drawing on the American Antiquarian Society’s unparalleled collection of prints and books, the exhibition, Beyond Midnight: Paul Revere, will transform viewers’ understanding of the iconic colonial patriot. This in-depth examination of Revere’s many skills as a craftsman will help illustrate the entrepreneurial spirit of an early American artisan who stood at the intersection of social, economic, and political life during the formation of the new nation.

Examples of rare prints will be shown alongside elegant silver tea services and everyday objects such as thimbles and period newspapers to reveal new facets behind this versatile artisan best known for his midnight ride. Major lenders to the exhibition of nearly 200 objects include: Massachusetts Historical Society, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Paul Revere Memorial Association, and the Worcester Art Museum. An illustrated catalog will accompany the exhibition, which is curated by AAS staff members Lauren B. Hewes, Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Graphic Arts and Nan Wolverton, Director of Fellowships and Center for Historic American Visual Culture.

Exterior of renovated Antiquarian Hall, 2019
Workshop participants in the new Learning Lab, 2019
Participants in a 2018 newspaper symposium
Paul Revere, The Bloody Massacre perpetrated in King - Street Boston, 1770.
Paul Revere, The Bloody Massacre perpetrated in King - Street Boston, 1770.
Paul Revere, “Philip. King of Mount Hope,” in The Entertaining History of King Philip’s War, 1772.
Paul Revere, “Philip. King of Mount Hope,” in The Entertaining History of King Philip’s War, 1772.
Massachusetts Spy, or Thomas’s Boston Journal, July 7, 1774 Masthead designed by Paul Revere
Massachusetts Spy, or Thomas’s Boston Journal, July 7, 1774. Masthead by Paul Revere.
Esther Forbes, Paul Revere and the World He Lived In, 1942
Esther Forbes, Paul Revere and the World He Lived In, 1942
Paul Revere, Sugar urn, ca. 1795. © Worcester Art Museum, 2019
Paul Revere, Sugar urn, ca. 1795. © Worcester Art Museum, 2019
Paul Revere, Tea pot, 1792–93 Silver, wood. © Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2019
Paul Revere, Tea pot, 1792–93 Silver, wood. © Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2019
Paul Revere, three-shilling / four-pence bill, 1775
Paul Revere, three-shilling four-pence bill, 1775
Paul Revere, “The Able Doctor, or America Swallowing the Bitter Draught,” in Royal American Magazine, June 1774.
Paul Revere, “The Able Doctor, or America Swallowing the Bitter Draught,” in Royal American Magazine, 1774
Paul Revere, A View of Part of the Town of Boston in New- England and Brittish [sic] Ships of War Landing Their Troops! 1768, April 1770
Charles Kendrick, Paul Revere’s Ride, 1900
Charles Kendrick, Paul Revere’s Ride, 1900

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