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Reproduction of photograph of the east front of the Mount Vernon Mansion, circa 1855, undated

 Item — Box: 3
Identifier: PG-305

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: undated


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

View of the east front of the Mansion. Ship masts support the piazza, and a man leans against a column. Another man can be seen in the far right. Text on back reads: 'A copy from a old ph. taken in 1855. Showing condition of the mansion before the Ladies par. Mount Vernon.' The board on which the photograph has been mounted was previously trimmed cropping the penciled notes on the reverse.


Photograph: 9 1/2 in. x 6 1/2 in.

Processing Information

Photograph is attributed to Luke C. Dillon, has not been confirmed.

Repository Details

Part of the Photo Archives of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association Repository

P.O. Box 3600
Mount Vernon VA 22121 United States