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Freeman’s brings Phillips’ Mill founding artists home in special highlights exhibition


In celebration of its upcoming American Spring sales, which feature an impressive number of Pennsylvania Impressionists gems, Freeman’s of Philadelphia “is pleased to present a special Highlights Exhibition at the celebrated Phillips’ Mill, the birthplace of the New Hope School of the Pennsylvania Impressionist movement, from May 22 to May 24, 2023,” announced Raphaël Chatroux, fine art specialist at Freeman’s.

This special exhibition, which brings a selection of works by some of the Mill’s founding members back home, is a collaboration of Freeman’s, Phillips’ Mill Community Association, and the New Hope Colony Foundation for the Arts.

The exhibition will offer collectors and art lovers an opportunity to admire masterworks from the Collection of Sydney F. Martin, which Freeman’s will offer in a dedicated single-owner sale on the morning of June 4. Among the works on view will be Edward Redfield’s impressively-scaled “Spring Veil,” which depicts the artist’s beloved Delaware River Valley seen from Point Pleasant; “A Glorious Day,” a large canvas by the ever-so-rare Morgan Colt who lived at Phillips’ Mill; as well as Daniel Garber’s freshly discovered “On the Delaware River” from the 1930s.

Also on view will be selected highlights from the Papageorge family collection in Carversville, to be offered as part of a single-owner section in Freeman’s marquee American Art sale on June 4, and which comprises a selection of fine oils by John Fulton Folinsbee. Other works by Fern Coppedge, Robert Spencer, George Sotter, and William Lathrop will complete the exhibition.

“We’re so happy to have our historic artists home at Phillips’ Mill where our community can enjoy these works that are not usually on public display,” said Laura Womack, board president of Phillips’ Mill Community Association.

This special Highlights Exhibition is free and open to the public at Phillips’ Mill for three days only, May 22 from noon to 5 p.m., May 23 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and May 24 from 10 a.m. to noon. Phillips’ Mill is located at 2619 River Road, just north of New Hope; visit

For information about the June auctions, visit the Freeman’s website. To inquire about specific artwork, contact Raphaël Chatroux at Freeman’s.

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