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West Front of Mount Vernon

Attributed to Edward Savage, ca. 1787–1792, Oil on canvas

To modern eyes, this painting simply captures the Washington family enjoying the bowling green in front of their home. To 18th-century viewers, the broad and even swath of green grass would have vividly conveyed a sense of the Washingtons’ wealth, enabling them to afford the upkeep of such a lawn.

Bequest of Helen W. Thompson, 1964 [H-2445/B]