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Mount Vernon, 1858

 Item — Container: Waldsmith Collection - Box 1
Identifier: RP-3216 ; ST-7184 ; Waldsmith 042

Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

Views of Mount Vernon spanning more than 100 years. The Robert Waldsmith Collection consists of approximately 300 stereographs and cabinet cards by Alexander Gardner, N. G. Johnson, Luke D. Dillon, and others. Highlights of the collection include: several west front views of the Mansion, including the earlist known one by Frederick Langenheim, circa 1856; an early view of the tomb, circa 1857, and a collection of Washington statues and buildings honoring the first President.


  • 1858


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.


From the Collection: 236 stereographs and 61 cabinet cards Photographic Prints

Language of Materials


Physical Description

"Rice's Stereoscopic Views" of the east front of the mansion at Mount Vernon. Mounted on yellow board. View shows the dilapidated state of the house with ship masts stabilizing the piazza roof. Several people pose on the lawn, piazza and porch. Photograph taken in 1858 - see glass negative [R-221 ; EV-1007c]. Rice immigrates to the U.S. (from Nova Scotia) and arrives in D. C. in 1861 so he is not the photographer. Stereograph was published at a later date. Published by M. P. Rice, Stereoscopic Emporium, No. 520 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D. C.


6 3/4 in. x 3 5/16 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