Monday, February 14, 2011

Drew Intern Sheds Light on Martha Washington Portrait

Intern Rebecca Schild stands in front of the the new traveling exhibit panels.

This week, Mount Vernon's "The Many Faces of George Washington" traveling panel exhibition premiered at Morristown. This exhibit will be accessible to visitors February 15 through March 25, at the Washington's Headquarters museum site.

Anticipating its installation, Drew University Art History Major and Morristown NHP intern, Rebecca Schild, researched a John Wollaston portrait of the young Martha Washington (Martha Dandridge Custis) and prepared a pamphlet on her findings. Schild's project included contacting curators at Washington and Lee University and Mount Vernon to support evidence identifying the woman in the portrait as young Martha, and not another woman.

Schild examines John Wollaston's Martha Dandridge Custis portrait.

Wollaston's Martha portrait will be on exhibit during the six week duration, and is accompanied by a copy of a Martha Washington letter housed in our collection. See Martha Letter HERE.

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