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No. 204.-The Home of Washington, Mount Vernon., 1859

 Item — Box: HPC - Stereograph - Box 1
Identifier: 2017-VR-030

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: 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.


From the Collection: 89 Linear Feet (Variety of container sizes based on photograph sizes and material types. Over-sized items are housed in drawers.)

Language of Materials


Physical Description

Stereoscopic view of the Mansion taken from the southeast lawn, photograph by William England, 1859. England photographed sites of North America for the London Stereocopic Company for a series of stereographs on American views. The view includes three figures - an African-American male standing with his foot resting on a large stone, next to him a woman sits on the ground and a white male stands in the distance with the south facade of the Mansion in the background. This trio of models appear in several other views taken by England. Mounted on cream board. The front of the card mount features a printed caption, 'No. 204.-The Home of Washington, Mount Vernon.' The reverse of the card bears a patriotic graphic of an eagle, shield, arrows and a banner reading United States of America. The caption describes in brief the history of the Mansion, the interiors, and the setting of the estate.


6 3/4 in. x 3 1/4 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