friends of artWellesley Friends of Art: Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens

Private tour of “Perfume & Seduction” by curator Rebecca Tilles '03
Dutch-treat lunch with Rebecca on the Estate
Full-day access to Exhibtion, Mansion, Gardens

When: Friday, April 5, 11am
Where: Korean Cultural Center, 2370 Massachusetts Ave NW



Join Friends of Art for a very special day at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens on Friday, April 5, including a private tour of Perfume & Seduction, hosted by the curator of the exhibition, Wellesley alum Rebecca Tilles '03, Hillwood's Associate Curator of 18th Century French & Western European Fine Arts, and long-time Friends of Art member.

The special exhibition includes the finest examples of perfume bottles, gold boxes, porcelain objects, and other eighteenth-century luxury items that were used in the bathing and dressing ritual known as la toilette. Originally a ritual of court society introduced by King Louis XIV, the term toilette—not to be confused with the modern use of the word—derives from the French word for a cloth—or toile—that covered the dressing table. Over the course of the early eighteenth century, the toilette evolved from an object (petite toile), to a set of objects (service de toilette), to a room, and finally to a lengthy ritual of rising and dressing that included luxurious pampering, primping, wardrobe assessment, and even meetings with special visitors to discuss current events. Rather than an intimate, private moment, a woman’s toilette was often a performance before a large audience.

Our day will include Rebecca's private tour of Perfume & Seduction at 11 am; Dutch-treat lunch at the Hillwood Café with Rebecca; and full-day access to the Mansion, gardens, greenhouse and special exhibition to explore as long as you wish through closing at 5 pm.

Space is limited to 15 attendees. Friends of Art members have priority through March 22.
Instructions for convening at Hillwood will be provided to confirmed attendees.

Event costs
FOA members:  $25
Non-members:  $40
FOA members at the $250-level and above may bring a guest at the member price.

How to register: 
Checks made out to Wellesley Friends of Art may be sent to:
Kristin Thompson, 5149 MacArthur Blvd. NW, WDC 20016.
Please include your phone number, class, and email address.

Please contact Kristin Thompson, or 978-618-6850.

How Do I Confirm
Whether my Friends of Art Membership is Current?

Email Kristin Thompson ’81 at to confirm current membership.

How Do I Join Friends of Art?

Membership starts at $50 for alumnae and friends. Membership for recent young alumnae (Classes of 2014-2017) is $15. Please note that 2018 graduates automatically receive complimentary membership through June 2019. Click here for a list of membership levels and additional information about Friends of Art membership.

Four ways to make your fully-deductible membership gift:
  • Click here to make a membership gift online. Be sure your gift is designated to Friends of Art at the Davis.
  • Include a SEPARATE membership check with your reservation for any event.
  • Call the interim Wellesley Friends of Art Administrator, Alyssa Wolfe, at 781-283-3386and provide your credit card number by phone.
  • Send a check payable to "Wellesley Friends of Art" to Friends of Art Administrator, Davis Museum, 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA, 02481.