George Washington Collection: Fine and Decorative Arts at Mount Vernon

Overview

Mount Vernon, George Washington's private residence for more than forty years, is one of the most recogniz-able great homes in the United States and one of the nation's first efforts in historic preservation. The George Washington Collection: Fine and Decorative Arts at Mount Vernon provides the first official publication of this exceptional collection at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens. Since 1860 Washington's Virginia estate has been owned by the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association who have ...
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Overview

Mount Vernon, George Washington's private residence for more than forty years, is one of the most recogniz-able great homes in the United States and one of the nation's first efforts in historic preservation. The George Washington Collection: Fine and Decorative Arts at Mount Vernon provides the first official publication of this exceptional collection at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens. Since 1860 Washington's Virginia estate has been owned by the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association who have brought together and maintained nearly 30,000 objects owned by George and Martha Washington or associated with their lives and legacies. Selected silver, ceramics, glass, furniture, textiles, metals, paintings, and miniatures, as well as personal items, are presented in the context of Washington's life as a Virginia planter, commander in chief, United States president, and retired public servant. From his purchasing habits of the 1750s through his retirement from public service in 1797, George Washington defined each of his roles in Colonial and Federal America.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555952686
  • Publisher: Hudson Hills Press
  • Publication date: 9/25/2006
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 9.48 (w) x 12.41 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol Bochert Cadou is the Robert H. Smith Senior Curator at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens, Mount Vernon, Virginia.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 At home in Virginia : George Washington's rise to planter 1732-1775 23
Ch. 2 Taking command : George Washington the general 1775-1783 67
Ch. 3 Cincinnatus returns home : George Washington the war hero 1783-1789 99
Ch. 4 The presidency : George Washington defines the role 1789-1797 125
Ch. 5 George Washington's final retirement to Mount Vernon 1797-1799 169
Ch. 6 Silver swords to silk waistcoats : the personal style of George Washington 211
Ch. 7 Seed pearls to silk gowns : the personal style of Martha Washington 237
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