Henry Chapman Mercer] is an extraordinary figure, a figure straight from the Renaissance.
A gentleman scholar, Henry Chapman Mercer devoted his boundless
energy to a broad range of creative endeavors. He was an author, artist,
architect, archaeologist, antiquarian, and leader of the Arts and
Crafts movement, which advocated the handcrafting of decorative objects.
Mercer's dedication to conserving the past motivated many of his
diverse pursuits. As a young man, he became an archaeologist, excavating
Indian sites, writing scholarly tracts, and curating at the University
of Pennsylvania's new Museum of Science and Art. Mercer's impulse toward
preservation led him to protect old b
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