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.
The Lyceum, 201 South Washington Street, at 8 P.M.
Over the last quarter century, the previously undocumented Alexandria and Georgetown cabinetmakers Henry Ingle and William Worthington have emerged from the shadows of history to reveal themselves as the two great geniuses of Federal- era Washington DC furniture-making. A steady stream of documentary discoveries from a variety of sources--MESDA; the National Archives; newspaper and genealogy databases; and various presidential and congressional papers—have provided detailed insights about these accomplished artisans and their assistant. Working with European carvers who previously trained with the great sculptor Canova, in the Vatican workshops, under the great Scottish architect Robert Adam, and at Malmaison for Napoleon—the two great cabinetmakers produced high-caliber pieces that have never previously been recognized by regional art historians. Come hear a lecture that illuminates recent discoveries that have completely rewritten the decorative arts history of our region, placing it on an aesthetic footing worthy of any city in America.
The speaker, 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.
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"The Rediscovery of Washington DC Presidential Cabinetmakers Henry Ingle and William Worthington"
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