The R.W. Norton Art Gallery houses an exceptional collection of art spanning more than four millennia. Since its opening in 1966, the museum has become particularly well-known around the country for its impressive collections of works by those titans of western art, Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell. The R.W. Norton Art Gallery is a teaching museum that uses the art to encourage community participation in thoughtful interpretations and discussions.
In the early 1920's, Richard W. Norton (1886-1940) became one of the discoverers of the Rodessa Oil Field in north Louisiana. Over time, Mr. Norton's wife and son began to amass a significant collection of fine art. In 1946, to honor Mr. Norton and for the benefit of the community, Richard W. Norton, Jr. (1919-1974) and his mother, Mrs. Richard W. Norton (1886-1975) created the R.W. Norton Art Foundation. In turn, the Foundation eventually established the R.W. Norton Art Gallery, basing its initial collection upon donations from the acquisitions of the Nortons. Today, due to the on-going efforts of the Board of Control and the Foundation's work, the R.W. Norton Art Gallery's offerings continue to expand, grow, and contribute to their community.
"Listen, my children, and you shall hear Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, ..."
These words by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, celebrate Paul Revere’s famous ride from Boston to Concord on the night of April 18, 1775 to warn American colonial leaders that the British were coming to seize the colonists’ cache of arms. Many people also know of Revere’s expertise as a silversmith. Fewer, however, know of his contributions to American technological and metallurgical developments. Revere produced the first rolled copper sheets in America, supplying nails, bolts, spikes and sheathing for the U.S. Navy. Setting up an iron and brass foundry in Boston in 1787, he later extended this to include a bellfoundry where he cast copper alloy bells. Between 1792 and 1828, the Revere foundries cast 959 bells, of which somewhere between two and three hundred remain extant.
The Revere Bell at the Norton, which weighs 920 lbs., was originally cast for a Baptist Church in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Like many of the bells, it is equipped with a clapper, should the owner elect to hang it, but it also possesses a hammer (which you can see atop its stand) with which to strike it. If you look closely along the edge, you can see the strike marks from hammer use in the past. Like all Revere Bells, whether silent or sounding, it reminds us of the grandeur of our American past and the resourcefulness and artistry of its creator.
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