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Wine Tasting - October 10, 6 to 8 p.m.

CHADDS FORD, PA September 24, 2012--Explore the Picturing Poe exhibition and sample wines of Spain at this special evening event "inspired" by Edgar Allan Poe's short story, "The Cask of Amontillado." The evening is hosted by the Young Friends of the Brandywine Conservancy and sponsored by Brandywine Fine Properties Sotheby's International Realty. The Museum's galleries will be open, there will be light refreshments, and full glasses of wine will be availableat cash beer and wine bar. $25, members; $35, adults. To purchase tickets, please click here.

"The Cask of Amontillado" was first published in the November 1946 issue of Godey's Lady's Book. It is universally acknowledged as Poe's best short story and one of the world's most perfect short stories. In the story, the narrator lures his enemy, Fortunato--a man who has committed a "thousand injuries" against him--into hiswine cellarto taste an extraordinary Spanishsherry called Amontillado. The artist Rackham captures the look of revenge on the narrator's face and the horror on Fortunato's as he realizes that Montresor (the narrator) is not playing a joke and is, in fact, walling him into the deep recesses of the wine cellar.

Image Caption: Arthur Rackham (British, 1867-1939), The wall was not nearly upon a level with my breast, unsheathing my rapier, I began to grope with it about the recess, circa 1935, watercolor and ink on board, Illustration for "The Cask of Amontillado," in Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination (Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Co., 1935), Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin

Picturing Poe: Illustrations for Edgar Allan Poe's Stories and Poems is on view through November 15, 2012. Edouard Manet, Gustave Dore, Paul Gauguin, James Ensor, Aubrey Beardsley, Arthur Rackham, Harry Clarke, Barry Moser and Robert Motherwell are among the more than two dozen artists featured in the exhibition. From the seemingly straightforward to the abstract, each artist's work reflects his or her own time and personal interpretation of Poe's work. The exhibition is supported by The Davenport Family Foundation Fund for Exhibitions.

Brandywine River Museum, located on U.S. Route 1 in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, is open daily (except Christmas Day) from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults; $8 for seniors ages 65 and over, $6 for students and children ages 6-12; free for children under six and Brandywine Conservancy members. Museum admission is free on Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to noon through Nov. 18.

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