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Marble Mantel in the State Dining Room, Mt. Vernon Mansion, 1878-1883

 Item — Box: HPC - Stereograph - Box 1
Identifier: St-3075

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.


  • 1878-1883


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 marble fireplace mantel in the new room at Mount Vernon given by Samuel Vaughan to George Washington in 1785. The mantel displays several porcelain items and a piece of coral. Mounted on orange board. The photographer's imprint on the front of the card reads, N. G. Johnson, Photographer, 309 9th St., Washington, D. C., Only Authorized Publisher of Mount Vernon Views. A printed label on the reverse reads: Marble Mantel in the State Dining Room, Mt. Vernon Mansion, Remarkable for its fine workmanship and historic association, having been carved in Italy and presented to Washington by an ardent English admirer, and on its passage across the ocean was captured by French Pirates, who, when they learned for whom it was intended sent it to the United States, uninjured. N. G. Johnson, Photographer, 426 7th St., Washington, D. C.


6 15/16 in. x 3 7/16 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