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cone sisters (3) by annabelle cone on 6 April 2003 5:24am
There, it works very well actually.A very strange thing happened on the web today. I was looking for the book on the Cone sisters (my great-great aunts) and had no idea that Michael Palin had done a film on them. Also, strangely enough, Mr. Palin was in Baltimore in June 2002, which is when I was also visiting the area. But more strange than that, I teach a literature course on travel and the tourist, and have been meaning to get in touch with Mr. Palin if that is at all possible. Am curious to know more about his (your) interest in my aunts (sisters of my great-grandfather); but also am wondering if at all interested in coming to Dartmouth to discuss travel with other travelers, travel writers and travel theorists.
cordially, a cone
Re: cone sisters (3) by peripatetically on 6 April 2003 4:03pm
Dear Annabelle. Micahel's visit to Baltimore was a well-kept secret and I was so upset not knowing about it until 2 days after he left. "The Sun" ran an article, which someone was kind enough to post here, about his documentary and visit to the museum to see the Matisse works. Anyway, I visit the BMA quite a lot and have seen the masterpieces many times, but not recently since the wing was being renovated. I'd like to get over there again soon now that it has re-opened. Maybe during the ummer. I live in Ellicott City, just 10 miles from the city. I went to school in the city and know it well, of course, (Born there, too.) I have asked Michael in the "live" chat sessions about whether he's ever going to make a return visit to Baltimore to lecture here about the Cone Siters, but he didn't respod to me. Maybe your having a direct relationship to the Cones will catch his attention and he'll reply to you.

Good luck!

By the way, are you originally from this area? And where?

Re: cone sisters (3) by Rusted on 8 April 2003 8:45am
May I be ignorant for a moment and ask who the Cone Sisters are and what Michael's film on this is? I've never heard of it, so I'm quite curious!

It's cool that you have a connection to something Michael did!

Thanks! :O)

Re: cone sisters (3) by peripatetically on 9 April 2003 2:48am
The Cone sisters are spinster sisters, who lived together in Baltimore. They were very, very eccentric. They amassed a large collection of mastepieces, many by Matisse, and I believe most of the collection is impressionism. The collection is part of a vast world renowned exhibit, at the Baltimore Museum of Art under the name of "The Cone Collection".

I'm sure a good art reference book or encyclopedia will have enough information to satisfy the curiosity. But they were very eccentric and Michael's documentary should be a lot of fun as well as educational, to say the least.

Re: cone sisters (3) by Diamond on 10 April 2003 1:22am
there is a bbc programme to be aired here in the Uk on weds April 16th on the Matisse art with MP featured.
Re: cone sisters (3) by peripatetically on 10 April 2003 1:53am
Yes it is Lyn, and of course, I'm still hoping to hear that we'll see it here in the USA. Nothing has ever been mentioned in this regard. If anyone is going to another booksigning, PLEASE ask Michael about the Matisse program. Ask if plans are being made for a USA viewing. Much of the research takes place in Baltimore, where I was born, raised and from where I now live 10 miles distance.

Many thanks!
Re: cone sisters (3) by Rusted on 10 April 2003 8:20am
Thanks for the info, Patty!


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