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Morning at the Breakers


In “Morning at The Breakers,” Maria Mack D’Amario carefully analyzes a room at a Newport residence, designed and furnished in a decidedly European aesthetic. D’Amario shows us how, in the Morning Room at The Breakers, Richard Morris Hunt brought together craftsmen and artists from France, who provided much of the furnishings and décor of this extraordinary space. Further, D’Amario meticulously demonstrates that the antecedents of the Morning Room’s décor can be found by studying the decoration of the grand state buildings of mid-century Paris, especially the Palais Garnier (Opera House) and the work of one of its principal artists, Paul Baudry.