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Editor's Note


During the last decades of the nineteenth century, Newport had more than its fair share of remarkable personalities who shaped its unique literary, artistic, and social cultures. Maud Howe Elliott has until now been little recognized for her prominent role in all these areas. This issue of Newport History features an article by Nancy Whipple Grinnell that rectifies this oversight by charting Elliott's important role in the formation of the Art Association of Newport, predecessor to the Newport Art Museum. In the 1870s, the young architect Charles Follen McKim was another Newport habitué of particular note. This issue of Newport History concludes M. Joan Youngken's presentation (begun in the Fall2004 issue) of Newport photographs assembled by McKim in 1874. The issue concludes with an appendix of fifteen photographs of McKim's relevant Newport commissions.