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A surprise visitation

PC039.USNH.03.028 (RS527)

Description

Wallace Nutting staged this photograph in a parlor of the Georgian-style Wentworth-Gardner House on Mechanic Street in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A model in period costume stands in the doorway, apparently surprising another model in period costume sitting in a chair near a window. Mrs. Elizabeth Rindge Wentworth built the house in 1760 as a wedding gift for her son Thomas, who died in 1768. In 1793, Major William Gardner bought the house and lived there until he died in 1833. In 1915, Wallace Nutting purchased the house, restored the building, and added it as one of the five sites in his for-profit enterprise, the Wallace Nutting Chain of Colonial Pictorial Houses.

Details

Collection Name
Wallace Nutting photographic collection, 1910s-1930s
Collection Code
PC039
Dates
ca. 1916
Physical Description
2 photographic prints : black-and-white ; 8 x 10 inches
Finding Aid Info
Paper finding aid available in the Library and Archives.
Dimensions
8x 10(HxW) (inches)
Collection Type
Photographs
Description Level
Item
Additional Identification Number
DigitalID: 000527
AccessID: 734
Other identifier: HNEDID-000527
Nutting studio number: 9016
GUSN
195392
Reference Code
PC039.USNH.03.028

Record details

Originator
Nutting, Wallace, 1861-1941 (photographer)
Other People
Gardner, William, 1751-1834
Wentworth, Elizabeth Rindge
Wentworth, Thomas, 1740-1768
Other Organizations
Wallace Nutting Chain of Colonial Pictorial Houses
Descriptive Terms
Georgian (British Renaissance-Baroque style)
dwellings
houses
interior views
parlors
staged photographs
Material Type
black-and-white prints (photographs)
photographs
Subjects
Architectural photography
Mechanic Street (Portsmouth, N.H.)
Places
Portsmouth (Rockingham county, New Hampshire)
Places (Buildings)
Wentworth-Gardner House (Portsmouth, N.H.)
Notes
Two copies of the same photograph.
Location Note
Nutting Collection: New Hampshire: Portsmouth: Wentworth Gardner House

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