History of Decorative Arts
George Mason University in Partnership with Smithsonian Associates

Scottish Professor David Jones Visits HDA to Teach Intensive Course on Furniture

Professor David Jones joined the HDA program from St. Andrews in Scotland to teach a three-week intensive course on the history of English and Scottish Furniture. Students met every day and traveled  up the east coast twice as part of the course.

Their first field trip was to the Monmouth County Historical Association in Monmouth County, NJ to view a 17th-century chair made by Scottish immigrant, Robert Rhea.


David Jones and members of the class examine the chair.


The following week the class headed up to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to view their vast collection of Chippendale and Chippendale-inspired furniture.


Taking in the sights in the American Wing of the Met.


It was an intense and rewarding educational experience for both the teacher and the students.


Professor Jones and the group on the last day of class outside of the Dillon Ripley Center.

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