The Alexandria Association is the city’s oldest organization devoted to the preservation of Alexandria’s historic buildings, landscapes, records, and antiquities; and to education in the decorative, fine, and building arts.
In 1808, architect B. Henry Latrobe oversaw the completion of his design of a house in Philadelphia for merchant William Waln and his wife Mary Wilcocks Waln. The exterior epitomized the restrained aesthetic of Latrobe’s residences, while inside he devised an elaborate scheme for the centerpiece of the house—a drawing room and adjoining dining room on the south side. To ensure the entirety of its aesthetics, Latrobe designed the furniture for the rooms to embody the knowledge, refinement, and aspirations of its owners. The severe Klismos forms referenced furniture of the Greeks and Romans; the painted decoration in a black, red, yellow, and gold palette evoked the romance of the painted decorations found on Greek and Roman pottery and wall paintings; and the upholstery combined the finest materials and elements available to embellish and soften the furniture and make it relevant in an early nineteenth century Philadelphia interior. As the house was demolished in 1848, the furniture remains the only suggestion of one of Philadelphia’s most celebrated interiors. This presentation will present, after years of study and investigation, the impact of this extraordinary furniture in early 19th century America—where sophistication was a powerful tool of influence.
Monday, April 18, 2016
The Lyceum, 201 South Washington Street, at 8 P.M.
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""Painted Splendor: The Philadelphia Furniture of B. Henry Latrobe and George Bridport"
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