State Dining Room, 1878-1883
Scope and Contents
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.
Conditions Governing Access
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From the Collection: 236 stereographs and 61 cabinet cards Photographic Prints
Language of Materials
Stereoscopic view the new room in the Mount Vernon Mansion. A large screen covers the fireplace and hearth. Mounted on orange board. The photographer's imprint on the front of the card reads, N. G. Johnson, Photographer, 317 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D. C., Only Authorized Publisher of Mt. Vernon Views. A printed label on the reverse reads: State Dining Room, Or Banquet Hall, in which Washington gave his State Dinners, displaying Peal's [Rembrandt Peale] painting of Washington before Yorktown and the interesting old relic, the Mayflower Chair with its old-fashioned straight back, which was brought over in the ship Mayflower in 1620. Copyright by the Mount Vernon Association.
6 15/16 in. x 3 3/8 in.
- Albumen prints Subject Source: TGM II, Genre and physical characteristic terms
- Card photographs Subject Source: TGM II, Genre and physical characteristic terms
- Mount Vernon (Va. : Estate) Subject Source: Naf
- New Room Subject Source: Local sources
- Photographs Subject Source: TGM II, Genre and physical characteristic terms
- Stereographs Subject Source: TGM II, Genre and physical characteristic terms