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Garfield Duvall Removing Paint from the Colonnade, 1956

 Item — Box: 31
Identifier: RP-1100 (retro0 ; Photo-5571

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: 1956

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.


2 Photographic Prints

Language of Materials


Physical Description

Photographic print of Garfield (Jesse) Duvall removing paint from the colonnade at Mount Vernon. Photograph taken for an 1956 article in the Providence Sunday Journal. An accompanying typescript caption reads: 'Garfield Duvall, a member of the shop maintenance staff, who has been in the employ of the Association for forty-five years, removes paint from a colonnade cornice in preparation for repainting. These columns are restorations. The work here was a part of the larger project of removing all paint from the colonnades and three of the Mansion elevations. Laboratory examination of paint chips removed from the Mansion reveal twenty coats of paint, with nine intervening strata of sand. See Annual Report 1956.'


8 in. x 10 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