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Meetings are held at  8 pm
The Lyceum, 201 South Washington St. 
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
THE
ALEXANDRIA
ASSOCIATION
Established 1932
 Monday, March 20, 2017
The Lyceum
 201 South Washington Street
 at 8 P.M.



​Sumpter Priddy
The Tree of Life my Soul hath Seen”—the Stunning Dower Chests of Federal-era, Walton County, Georgia”

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Over the last half-decade, southern collectors and scholars have come to recognize a group of visually stunning dower chests made on the Georgia frontier during the 1820s. The chests rival some of the finest examples by renowned Virginia masters such as Johannes Spitler of Shenandoah County,

and Peter Huddle of Wythe County, yet are painted in unique combinations of bright greens and reds on brilliant yellow grounds. Furthermore the Georgia painters combined images of distinctly regional flora such as passion flowers and bull thistles, with Masonic emblems, and Evangelical icons such as the Tree of Life. The rich compositions on the chests reflect the 1820s convergence in Georgia of German and Scots-Irish culture —largely from Virginia—as reconfigured through the lens of Methodist Evangelicalism that dominated Georgia at that time. This lecture promises to further open your eyes to the colorful, intellectually rich, sometimes humorous, and always complex life of the south.

Sumpter Priddy, III holds an undergraduate degree in the History of Architecture from the University of Virginia and an MA from the Winterthur Program in Early American Material Culture. He taught architecture and decorative arts for Historic Deerfield’s Summer Fellowship Program (1976) and served as teaching curator for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (1978-1983). Since establishing his Alexandria gallery in 1983, he has focused upon researching Southern regional culture and artifacts. Many of us know Sumpter through his gracious hosting of Alexandria Association Study Tours!