On Friday, January 6, alumnus Natale Coombes (MA ’16) gave a presentation at Goodwood Museum and Gardens for a standing-room-only crowd of local artists, scholars, and supporters of the restored Tallahassee plantation home. In “Goodwood and the Grand Tour,” Coombes presented research from his work as an intern at Goodwood in 2015-16, focusing on a collection of 19th-century European paintings acquired during the Arrowsmith ownership at Goodwood (1885-1911).
Coombes’s internship at Goodwood last year was part of his MA in Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies at FSU. Under the guidance of the museum’s co-executive directors, Nancy Morgan and Jennifer Humayun, Coombes conducted in-depth research for a 2017 exhibition that will feature the paintings collected by Arrowsmith and brought to Goodwood in the late 19th century. Coombes also created a display panel explaining maker’s marks for a ceramics show last spring , “From Simple to Sublime: Centuries of Settings at Goodwood.”