This Windsor chair descended in the family of Christopher Sheels, George Washington's enslaved body servant, with the tradition of having been among the furnishings of Washington's bedroom on the day of his death, December 14, 1799. According to an eyewitness account of that day, Sheels stood in constant attendance on Washington throughout his final illness, not taking a seat until Washington requested him to. More

Date

1770-1800


Geography


Material/Technique

Tulip poplar (seat), maple (arm supports and legs), ash (spindles), paint


Dimensions

Overall (H x W x D): 35 3/4 in. x 22 1/2 in. x 17 1/2 in. (90.81 cm x 57.15 cm x 44.45 cm)


Credit

Gift of Mrs. George Hearst, Vice Regent for California, 1892


Object Number

W-198


Colors


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