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Interpreting the Evidence: Mount Vernon’s Front Parlor

March 10, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Join us for Wilton House Museum’s 2021-2022 virtual lecture series!

Our seventh lecture of the series features Adam Erby.

In September 2013, Mount Vernon curators made an exciting discovery; a previously unknown ledger kept by George Washington’s friend and neighbor, George William Fairfax, appeared at auction. At first glance, the ledger seemed to have little to do with Mount Vernon, but as curators mined the document they discovered that much of the London-made furniture listed in the ledger came to Mount Vernon, either by purchase or gift, when its original owner returned to England at the outbreak of the American Revolution.

This lecture will trace the fascinating tale of these furnishings from the London warerooms of William Gomm and Son to the grand, but now lost, Virginia plantation of George William Fairfax and his wife Sally, and finally to the principal rooms at Mount Vernon. The talk will demonstrate that as these furnishings moved from place to place through retail purchase, auction and gift, they served as a powerful means of establishing Fairfax, and later Washington, as a sophisticated grandee on the edges of empire. The lecture will focus on the most important find from the ledger, the rediscovery of the furnishings of Mount Vernon’s front parlor.

Adam Erby serves as the Curator of Fine and Decorative Arts with George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

This virtual presentation will take place on Zoom. While we hope you can join us live, a recording of this lecture will be available for viewing for one month after the lecture date.

Tickets for this event are available through Eventbrite.


March 10, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Virtual Presentation


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