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James L. Kochan Prior to founding James L. Kochan Fine Art & Antiques in 1998, Kochan was director of museum collections at Mount Vernon, during which he organized the blockbuster travelling exhibition, George Washington Revealed: Treasures from Mount Vernon. He spent nearly two decades as a museum director and curator, principally with the U.S. Army Museum System and the National Park Service (including seven years as supervisory curator at Morristown National Historical Park). He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards for his curatorial and historical work, including the Anne S. K. Brown Military Fellowship at Brown University, the Award of Merit from the American Assoc. for State and Local History, a Museum Fellowship from the British Council, and is a Fellow of the Company of Military Historians. Kochan is the author or co-author of eight books, including the recently-published reference work, Insignia of Independence: Military Buttons, Accoutrement Plates and Gorgets of the American Revolution, and more than 100 published articles or research reports on various facets of early American history, art, and material culture. He is considered a leading expert on American and British military and marine artwork and material culture, 1700-1850. In addition to his career in the fine art and antiques trade, he continues to serve as an consultant to various museums and historic sites. Kochan also works with the film/media industry. Past projects have included working as primary historical advisor to A&E Television’s The American Revolution (1994) and other PBS and History Channel productions; participating as an expert appraiser for The Antiques Roadshow, and serving as the principal historical consultant and technical advisor for costume, props and set dressing on Peter Weir’s film adaptation of the Patrick O’Brien novels, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.

Iron Men in Wooden Ships: 200 Years of Marine Art  

64-page, full color catalog of an important exhibition of marine artwork, featuring paintings by master artists born prior to 1910. Ship por...

Iron Men in Wooden Ships: 200 Years of Marine Art  

64-page, full color catalog of an important exhibition of marine artwork, featuring paintings by master artists born prior to 1910. Ship por...

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