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Harry C. Mann: Norfolk Photographer

At the Willoughby-Baylor House
601 E. Freemason St., Norfolk Va.

This exhibition features the work of Harry Cowles Mann (1866–1926), Norfolk's most prolific photographer during an era when downtown construction and maritime traffic were booming.

A Petersburg native, the amateur photographer became a professional during the great Jamestown Exposition of 1907. He went from being part of a corps of photographers documenting the Expo’s spectacle of technology, art, and trade to opening a commercial studio downtown at 286 Main Street.

In addition to portrait services, he sold views of local architecture and of regional beaches and wetlands. His work was published in National Geographic three times.

By the time Mann’s studio closed in 1924, he had produced and published thousands of photographs. Today his images of Norfolk offer valuable glimpses of the city during a moment of rapid change, and his artistic landscapes celebrate the timeless natural beauty of our area.

This exhibition, which presents 50 of his finest photographs from the Chrysler Collection, was organized by Crawford Alexander Mann III, our Brock Curator of American Art, with assistance from Stephanie Deach, Virginia Wesleyan College, 2016.
This insightful look at the work of an American master includes his tools, his preparatory sketches, and many of his finest works. On view from January 9 through May 1, 2016.
The Norfolk Rooms

The Willoughby-Baylor House, built in 1794, was the long-time home of the Norfolk History Museum. The Federal-era home, now reopen after an extensive renovation and re-imagination, tells the history of our heritage port city in a mix of art and artifacts we are calling The Norfolk Rooms. These second-floor galleries showcase some of the finest art and artifacts from the Tidewater region, including paintings, sculpture, furniture, and silver.
Selected by the Curator of Glass, 2500 years of glass history can be viewed amongst these 100 highlights of the Museum's glass collection.
Collected in the first half of the twentieth century, the masks and tribal sculpture in the Chrysler represent a wide range of West and Central African cultures, including Cameroon, Gabon, and Mali.
The Chrysler holds works of art representing a range of cultures including Japan and India in addition to ceramics representing every major Chinese dynasty.
Thanks to the generosity of David L. Hack, the Chrysler's Civil War Photography is one of the greatest strengths of its photography collection.
The Chrysler's Egyptian collection includes the impressive sarcophagus of Psamtik-Seneb, known as a scorpion charmer and source for anti-venom.
Donated in large part by Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., the European collection ranges from jewel-like Renaissance panel paintings, to French Old Master paintings, to bold early Modernist canvases.
Citizens and heroes of ancient Greece and Rome endure through works of art created in bronze, stone, and ceramics. The Chrysler also holds a significant collection of ancient glass.
Built in 1795, the Moses Myers House was home to a family of successful shipping merchants who were also Norfolk's first permanent Jewish residents. The majority of the furnishings are original to the home, including portraits, furniture, sheet music, and family papers. Most of the house has been restored to reflect its 19th century appearance, while special exhibits on the second floor demonstrate the importance of the Myers family to Norfolk's history.
The Chrysler's collection of Mesoamerican ceramics and sculptures represents several major pre-Columbian cultures and contains important pieces created by the ancient Maya.
Work made by Louis Comfort Tiffany includes lamps, leaded glass windows, pottery, mosaics, silver and metalwork. The Chrysler's collection of blown glass made by Tiffany is broadly representative with many unique and rare examples.