This wall bracket may have been among the “Brackets glasses etc” purchased by George Washington from the Philadelphia carver and gilder James Reynolds on March 16, 1791. Mounted below a looking glass, it supported a lamp that would have illuminated the green drawing room of the presidential mansion during the Friday “drawing rooms” hosted by Mrs. Washington and other evening entertainments. At the conclusion of his term, Washington took this bracket and its mate to Mount Vernon, where they were hung in the New Room. Martha Washington bequeathed them to her grandson, George Washington Parke Custis, who used them at Arlington House.

See also W-1181/A-B and W-2540/A-B.
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Date

c. 1791


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Material/Technique

Gilt, gesso, white pine, wire, iron


Dimensions

Overall (H x W x D): 15 3/4 in. x 12 1/4 in. x 9 in. (40.01 cm x 31.12 cm x 22.86 cm)


Credit

Gift of George Washington Custis Lee, 1908


Object Number

W-57/B


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