Cynthia Fischer

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer of Decorative Arts & Design History
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Cynthia K. Fischer is a specialist in the reform design of the Anglo-American house during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with a minor concentration in the decorative arts of Japan.


Current Research & Projects

Her current research focuses on the Smithsonian’s own Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room, a London dining room of 1876 begun by Thomas Jeckyll and completed by James McNeill Whistler. Dr. Fischer seeks to emphasize the room’s importance within the history of other notable and appropriately appointed dining rooms from Ancient Rome through the present day.



Her publications have included such wide-ranging subjects as Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney’s Titanic Memorial in Washington, DC, and the lost Neoclassical mansion of Philadelphia’s William and Anne Bingham.



BA in Art History, Duquesne University

MA in Art History, American University

PhD in Art History, Virginia Commonwealth University