This rare antebellum salted paper print is an early photograph of Mount Vernon which carries a printed date. Still in its original mount with lithographed title and decorative border, this photograph records the appearance of the Mansion a year before the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association opened it to the public. Taken from a northeast perspective, it shows the masts of ships that were used to prop up the roof after several columns on the piazza rotted away. More


May 14, 1859




Salted paper (photograph), gilt, heavy wove paper (mount)


Overall (Image): 5 1/4 in. x 7 1/2 in. (13.34 cm x 19.05 cm)
Overall (Mount): 7 in. x 8 7/8 in. (17.78 cm x 22.54 cm)


Purchased with funds donated by Mrs. Jared I. Edwards, Vice Regent for Connecticut, 2009


Recto, on mount, centered beneath image, printed in gilt: Photographed by Israel Biddle Expressly for H.E. Hoyt & Co., No. 41 Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Md.

Recto, on mount, bottom right corner just beneath decorative border, printed in gilt: Lith by E. Sachse & Co. Balt.

Recto, on mount, centered beneath decorative border, printed in gilt: THE / HOME OF WASHINGTON. / As it appeared May 14th 1859

Recto, on mount, bottom left corner, printed in gilt: Gift No. 139

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Mount Vernon's object research is ongoing and information about this object is subject to change. For information on image use and reproductions, click here.
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