Wendell Garrett

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Wendell D. Garrett (October 9, 1929 – November 14, 2012) was an American historian, expert on Americana and American-origin decorative arts and editor.[1][2]

Born in Los Angeles, Garrett received a bachelor's degree in organic chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles.[2] He obtained a master's degree from the present-day Winterthur Program in American Material Culture at the University of Delaware and a second master's degree in American History from Harvard University.[2]

Wendell Garrett served as the editor of The Magazine Antiques from 1972 to 1990.[1] He remained as Antiques editor at large from 1990 until his death in 2012.[1] Garrett also served as the senior vice president in the American Decorative Arts department at Sotheby's from 1989 until March of 2009. In April of 2009 he launched Wendell Garrett and Associates, an appraisal service for the Fine and Decorative Arts with his friend and associate Patricia Arnold, which remained active until his death.>[1]

Wendell Garrett appeared as an appraiser in every season of Antiques Roadshow, beginning with its debut season in 1997,[1] through filming of the 2013 season during the summer of 2012.[1]

In the last month of his life Garrett moved from his Manhattan apartment to a hospice in Williston, Vermont due to declining health.[1] He died at the Williston hospice on November 14, 2012 at the age of 83.[1]

Books published: Apthorp House, 1760-1960 (1960) The Diary and Autobiography of John Adams (1961), with L.H. Butterfield Adams Family Correspondence, vols. 1-2 (1963), with L.H. Butterfield The Arts in Early American History (1965), with Walter Muir Whitehill The Earliest Diary of John Adams (1966), with L.H. Butterfield Reverend E.B. Hillard’s Last Men of the Revolution (1968), with Archibald Macleish The Arts in America: The Nineteenth Century (1969), with Joseph T. Butler Thomas Jefferson Redivivus (1971) Classical America: The Federal Style and Beyond (1992) Victorian America: Classical Romanticism to Gilded Opulence (1993) Monticello and the Legacy of Thomas Jefferson (1994) Our Changing White House (1994), Editor American Colonial: Puritan Simplicity to Georgian Grace (1994) George Washington’s Mount Vernon (1998), Editor American Home: From Colonial Simplicity to the Modern Adventure (2001) The Legacy of John Adams (2008) Thomas Jefferson Illuminated (2009)


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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Fox, Margalit (2012-11-16). "Wendell D. Garrett, Expert on Americana, Dies at 83". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-12-08.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>