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George Porter Fernald at work on Hamilton House mural

PC062.13.03 (RS225241)

Description

Artist George Porter Fernald captured in the act of painting a mural in the drawing room at Hamilton House, South Berwick, Maine, in October of 1907. Having already completed an Italian-inspired mural in the Hamilton House dining room in 1905, Fernald was asked back to paint a mural in the house's drawing room in imitation of the French scenic wallpaper Les Monuments de Paris. In place of Parisian landmarks, however, Fernald painted the landmarks of the Piscataqua region – Fort McKleary and the Lady Pepperell House in Kittery; the mills of Dover; the Langdon House, John Paul Jones House, and Governor Wentworth Mansion of Portsmouth; and the Sarah Orne Jewett and Hamilton Houses of South Berwick among them. As before, he painted over the existing wallpaper in the room but this time left sections of the wallpaper unpainted, cleverly incorporating the leafy design of the paper into the mural as foliage on the trees.

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Details

Collection Name
Elizabeth (Tyson) Vaughan photographic collection
Collection Code
PC062
Dates
1907
Collection Type
Photographs
Description Level
Item
GUSN
310671
Reference Code
PC062.13.03

Record details

Originator
Vaughan, Elizabeth (Tyson), 1871-1949 (Photographer)
Other People
Fernald, George Porter
Descriptive Terms
artists (visual artists)
artists' materials
mural painting (image-making)
scenic wallpapers
Material Type
dry collodion negatives
Places (Buildings)
Hamilton House (South Berwick, Me.)
Related Items
Wallpaper

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