The George Washington Collection: Fine and Decorative Arts at Mount Vernon

by Carol Borchert Cadou

NK 535 .W37 C33 2006

The history of Colonial America is replete with stories about George Washington and Mount Vernon, his family home. Now, thanks to the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, the reader is offered a glimpse of Washington’s daily life through the personal items and household artifacts that surrounded him. Author Cadou, curator at Mount Vernon, details the history of Washington’s life: his military service, the presidency, and his later years as a gentleman farmer. It becomes evident that Washington was consciously using status objects to elevate himself to the next social level, and the author has carefully chosen objects that represent Washington’s rise to power. ” — L. R. Hudgins, SC Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology, CHOICE Reviews

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