Admission is free on Feb. 22 for George Washington’s birthday. Admission tickets will be distributed on-site upon arrival.

In 1774, on the eve of the American Revolution, George Washington began a major expansion of his home, a building whose foundations dated to the 1730s. It was a project that he maintained throughout the war and that he continued after his triumphant return to Mount Vernon.

Inspired by the work that began 250 years ago, the 2024 Mount Vernon Symposium will explore the art and architecture of the British Atlantic in the long-eighteenth century, exploring the connections between and comparisons of British and American practices in the years preceding and surrounding the American Revolution.

Join leading curators, historians and preservation experts as they examine the diffusion of British style and tastes, from Boston to Charleston, and from England and Ireland, to the Caribbean and the Chesapeake. 

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The Mount Vernon Symposium is endowed by the generous support of The Robert H. Smith Family Foundation, Lucy S. Rhame, The Felicia Fund, The Sachem Foundation, and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Mauran IV.
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In 1774, on the eve of the American Revolution, George Washington began a major expansion of his home, a building whose foundations dated to the 1730s. It was a project that he maintained throughout the war and that he continued after his triumphant return to Mount Vernon.

Inspired by the work that began 250 years ago, the 2024 Mount Vernon Symposium will explore the art and architecture of the British Atlantic in the long-eighteenth century, exploring the connections between and comparisons of British and American practices in the years preceding and surrounding the American Revolution.

Join leading curators, historians and preservation experts as they examine the diffusion of British style and tastes, from Boston to Charleston, and from England and Ireland, to the Caribbean and the Chesapeake. 

In-Person Tickets

MemberGeneral Public

Virtual Tickets

Get Virtual Tickets

 

The Mount Vernon Symposium is endowed by the generous support of The Robert H. Smith Family Foundation, Lucy S. Rhame, The Felicia Fund, The Sachem Foundation, and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Mauran IV.
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Cost

In-Person
$400 for General Public
$375 for Members and Donors
Includes all Lectures, Meals, and Tours

Virtual: Watch in real-time or through July 4 (30 days after the event)
$40 General Public

On the Eve of Independence: Art and Architecture in the British Empire

All lectures take place in the David M. Rubenstein Leadership Hall within the Washington Library. The schedule is subject to change.

Friday, May 31

Saturday, June 1

Sunday, June 2

Speaker Biographies

Adriano Aymonino

Dr. Adriano Aymonino is Programme Director for the MA in the Art Market and the History of Collecting at the University of Buckingham in England. His publications include Drawn from the Antique (Sir John Soane’s Museum, 2015); Enlightened Eclecticism (Yale University Press, 2021, winner of the 2022 Berger Prize for British Art History); and a revised edition of Francis Haskell and Nicholas Penny’s Taste and the Antique (2024). He is also an associate editor of the Journal of the History of Collections. 

Megan Baker

Megan Baker is a doctoral candidate in art history at the University of Delaware. Her dissertation, “Crayon Rebellion: The Material Politics of North American Pastels, 1758-1814,” considers the ascendent popularity of pastel portraits in late eighteenth-century British North America. Megan holds a B.A. from Columbia University and a M.A. from Williams College. Her work has been supported by the American Antiquarian Society, the Huntington Library, the Peabody Essex Museum, and the Unidel Foundation, among others.

Christina R. Butler

Christina R. Butler is a professor of historic preservation and chair of general education at American College of the Building Arts; adjunct faculty at College of Charleston, and owner of Butler Preservation L.C. She is the author of Lowcountry At High Tide: The history of flooding, land reclamation, and drainage in Charleston and Charleston Horse Power: Equine Culture in the Palmetto City. She holds an M.A. in history and a B.A. in historic preservation and community planning.

Markus Damwerth

Markus Damwerth teaches architectural carpentry at the American College of the Building Arts in in Charleston, SC.  He attended the “Master-School” of the chamber of craftsmanship in Lower Bavaria, Germany, graduating as a master carpenter in 1989. He has worked on several projects like the Museum of Modern Arts, in Chemnitz, the House of German History in Bonn, and the episcopal palace in Münster. He chaired of the association of windowmakers in North-Rhine-Westphalia, and was a member of the national board of window makers in Germany.

Terence Dooley

Terence Dooley is Professor of History, Head of Department, and Director of the Centre for the Study of Historic Irish houses and Estates at Maynooth University. He is the author of many books relating to country houses and landed estates. His most recent is the best-selling and highly acclaimed Burning the Big House: The Story of the Irish Country house in a Time of War and Revolution (Yale, 2022), recently released in paperback.

Dorinda Evans

Dorinda Evans has worked as a museum curator and university professor at the National Gallery of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, National Portrait Gallery, University of Illinois and Emory University.  She is the author of five books, Benjamin West and His American Students; Mather Brown, Early American Artist in England; The Genius of Gilbert Stuart; Gilbert Stuart and the Impact of Manic-Depression; and William Rimmer, Champion of Imagination in American Art.

Sarah Hutcheson

Sarah Hutcheson is a PhD candidate in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urbanism at Harvard University, with a focus on the political meanings of architecture in early modern Britain and the British Empire. Sarah’s dissertation research, on the building projects of Charles II, has been supported by the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

Jeffrey E. Klee

Jeffrey E. Klee is an architectural historian for MCWB Architects, among whose projects is the restoration of the mansion house cellar at Mount Vernon. Before joining MCWB, he was for 17 years part of the Architectural Research Department at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. He teaches courses on American architecture at the College of William & Mary. His doctoral research at the University of Delaware was on the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston, the site of John Singleton Copley’s house.

Christian J. Koot

Christian J. Koot is a Professor of History at Towson University where he also serves as Chairperson. He is the author of two books including A Biography of a Map in Motion: Augustine Herrman’s Chesapeake (New York University Press, 2018). He is also a co-founder and co-leader of the Unearthing TU History Project. His current book project examines the building and re-building of Tryon’s Palace in New Bern, North Carolina.

Joseph Litts

Joseph Litts is a Ph.D. Candidate in art history at Princeton University. His dissertation, entitled Natural Disaster in the Atlantic World: Aesthetics, Delight, and Risk During the Eighteenth Century, examines why those exposed to the vulnerabilities of the Atlantic collected paintings of real and imagined catastrophes. The Oak Spring Garden Foundation has supported his dissertation research, and he has worked at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and the Georgia Museum of Art.

Brittany Luberda

Brittany Luberda is the Anne Stone Associate Curator of Decorative Arts at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Luberda is a specialist in eighteenth-century ceramics and silver. Her publications on decorative arts and curation can be found in Making Her Mark: A History of Women Artists in Europe 1400-1800, Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, Journal18: A Journal of Eighteenth-Century Art and Culture, and others. Luberda serves on the board of the American Ceramic Circle and a committee of the Historians of Eighteenth Century Art and Architecture.

 

Jeremy Musson

Jeremy Musson LLB (Hons), MPhil, FSA is an author of a number of books on the country house and related subjects, including English Country House Interiors and The Drawing Room, and was co-editor with Prof Sir David Cannadine, of The Country House: Past, Present and Future. From 1995, he worked for Country Life magazine, and was its architectural editor 1998-2007. Since then, he has been an independent author and heritage consultant (advising on major buildings such as St Paul’s Cathedral and Hardwick Hall). He also teaches on courses at the Universities of Cambridge, Buckingham, London, and on the NYU in London programme. He is also a trustee of the Historic Houses Foundation.

A. Nicholas Powers

Nick Powers is Curator of Collections at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Virginia. A native of the Shenandoah Valley, Powers graduated from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, in 2011 with a degree in History. In 2014, he graduated from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture at the University of Delaware. At the MSV, Powers researches, exhibits, and lectures on the museum’s diverse collections. He is also a contract editor for the MESDA Journal.

Contact Information

Stephen A. McLeod
Director, Library Programs

smcleod@mountvernon.org
703.799.8686

Parking

Guests should park in Mount Vernon visitor parking lots, and enter the Library via the pedestrian gate near the four-way traffic intersection (across from the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant).

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