50th Celebration of the Corning Glassworks

50th Celebration of the Corning Glassworks

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Reverse Painting
50th Celebration of the Corning Glassworks
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Overall H: 85.1 cm, W: 105.8 cm
Not on Display
Web Description: 
Milton Bond (American, b. 1918) is one of the few American folk or "naive" artists who has chosen to work in the medium of reverse-glass painting. As an adult, he taught himself how to paint, but an active life as a New England sailor and oysterman prevented him from devoting much time to his art. Bond grew up assisting his father, who owned the Bond & Currier fleet on Long Island Sound. For years, he was the master of one of the last commercial sailing ships operating out of Long Island, and many of his paintings are inspired by his experiences sailing up and down the coast of New England, and in and out of New York harbor. This painting, made after a historical print of the 50th celebration of the Corning Glassworks in Corning, NY, was commissioned by the Museum.
Bond, Milton W. (American, 1918-2010), Source
Primary Description: 
Colorless glass; reverse painted. Commissioned painting after a historical print depicting the 50th anniversary celebration of the Corning Glassworks.
The Corning Museum of Glass: A Decade of Glass Collecting 1990-1999 (2000) illustrated, p. 106, #187; BIB# 65446
Recent Important Acquisitions, 40 (1998) illustrated, p. 174, #68; BIB# AI40492
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1997 (1998) illustrated, pp. 14-15; BIB# AI95178