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French and British Missions visit Mount Vernon, April 29, 1917

 Item — Box: 32
Identifier: A-169

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: April 29, 1917


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

From the Sub-Series: English

Physical Description

Black and white photograph of the French and British Missions visiting Mount Vernon. In the front row from left to right , are Admiral Chocheprat of the French navy; Mrs. Euguene Van Rensselaer, Vice-Regent for West Virginia of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association; Secretary Josephus Daniels; Miss Harriet Clayton Comegys, Regent of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association; Marshal Joffre; M. Viviani, head of the French commission; Secretary Lansing; the Right Hon. A. J. Balfour, head of the British commission; the Hon. George E. Foster of the Canadian Cabinet; Sir Cecil Spring-Rice, British Ambassador to the United States, and Lieut-Gen. G. T. M. Bridges of the British commission--Behind M. Viviani is M. Hovelacque, Inspector-General of Public Instruction in France, and behind Sec. Lansing is the Marquis de Chambrun, a descendant of Lafayette. On the reverse, a newspaper clipping bearing a copy of the original photograph with a corresponding list of important individuals identified in the photograph is adhered to the photograph. A handwritten note - A-169 From Miss Jennings Collection.


9 3/4 in. x 6 1/2 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