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East front of Mount Vernon Mansion, June 1859

 Item — Drawer: Flat files
Identifier: 2019-VR-017.001

Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

The Historical Photograph Collection is largely comprised of materials created by or for the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association. Some of the earliest photographs of the estate were created and sold to visitors by the Association as a means of income. Those efforts helped to establish an important collection of 19th century views. The collection spans the 1850s to 2000s and includes over 140 linear feet of analog material providing a visual history of the Mansion, outbuildings, tombs, grounds, events, visitors, collection objects, personnel, and changes throughout the estate.


  • Creation: June 1859


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research during scheduled appointments. Researchers must complete the Washington Library’s Special Collections and Archives Registration Form before access is provided. The library reserves the right to restrict access to certain items for preservation purposes.


3 Photographic Prints

Language of Materials


Related Materials

See other photographs taken as part of series: 2019-VR-017.002 and 2019-VR-017.003

Physical Description

Albumen print mounted to cardboard. View of the east front of the Mansion shows wooden posts supporting the sagging piazza and overall diplatidated state of the structure. Two unidentified men are posing on the piazza, one standing at center and the other seated in a chair at far left. Part of a series of three photographs taken the same day.


Overall cardboard mount: 15 in. x 11 3/4 in. Photograph: 12 1/2 in. x 9 1/2 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Photo Archives of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association Repository

P.O. Box 3600
Mount Vernon VA 22121 United States