Geo. (George) W. Riggs
Scope and Contents
Collection of 80 photographs which belonged to Miss Sarah C. Tracy (later Mrs. Upton H. Herbert), resident secretary at Mount Vernon during the Civil War years. The pictures most of which are cartes de visite were collected by Miss Tracy; some were obviously presented to her, after the fashion of the day, and are inscribed. Besides the one of herself there are three of Mount Vernon which must date from the years of her residence. Others include Leeds Castle, the English seat of Thomas, Lord Fairfax; the President's House at the Soldiers' Home, Washington, D.C.; the Milwaukee residence of Mrs. Mitchell, Vice-Regent for Wisconsin; General Winfield Scott; General George B. McClellan; W. W. Corcoran of Washington, D.C.; George W. Riggs, Treasurer of the Association; Lord Fairfax; Prince Napoleon; Louis de Geofroy (of the French Legation, who accompanied Price Napoleon to Mount Vernon in August, 1861), inscribed; and Miss Nettie Chase, daughter of Hon. Salmon P. Chase of the Lincoln Cabinet. Also included are pictures of others, chiefly celebrated figures of the nineteenth century; these were probably acquired through gift or purchases, and not presented by the subjects themselves.
Gift of Miss Tracy's great-niece, Miss Caro Arnold of Montclair, N. J., 1953
- Whitehurst Gallery (Washington, D.C.) (Publisher, Organization)
- Whitehurst, Jesse Harrison, 1819-1875 (Photographer, Person)
From the Collection: 80 Photographic Prints
Language of Materials
Full length portrait carte de visite of George W. Riggs. Photograph was taken at Whitehurst Studio in Washington D. C. Riggs is holding a briefcase and umbrella. 'Geo. W. Riggs' is penned below the photograph. On the reverse, a handwritten note by a niece of Sarah Tracy reads: Mr. Riggs of Washington D. C. beloved by all who knew him. His beautiful residence was known as a resort for distinguished men, especially members of the diplomatic corps. He was the most prominent banker of Washington. Two of his daughters married foreigners, one became a Mrs. Howard of the favored family known in Eng. history. Mr. R. a great friend of Aunty Sarah. M_____? & I visited the family; I came down with measles at their home.
2 1/2 in. x 4 in.
- Albumen prints Subject Source: TGM II, Genre and physical characteristic terms
- Card photographs Subject Source: TGM II, Genre and physical characteristic terms
- Cartes de visite Subject Source: TGM II, Genre and physical characteristic terms
- Riggs, George Washington, 1813-1881 (Photographer)
Part of the Photo Archives of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association Repository
P.O. Box 3600
Mount Vernon VA 22121 United States