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Winter, Mount Vernon Place

In Uncategorized on January 29, 2013 by rob schoeberlein Tagged: , , ,

MSA SC 5980-1-53

Winter, Mount Vernon Place, 1925

Every house on Mount Vernon Place has a unique story to tell. Take, for instance, the Tiffany-Fisher House (1842), a fine example of Greek Revival architecture seen at the extreme left of this print. Built by William Tiffany, a prominent Baltimore merchant, the home has witnessed an ever changing set of owners and visitors.  By the early 1860s, the mansion served as the Allston Art Club described as being “a ‘front’ for Southern sympathizers” during the Civil War. This gentleman’s group “gave frequent receptions to ladies.” It served next as the EdgeworthSchool for Young Ladies, a day and boarding institution under the watchful eye of Miss Sarah Kummer. Girls could learn foreign languages, literature, fine arts and scientific studies. After the school’s demise the property reverted back to a private residence until its 1942 purchase by the Mount Vernon Club, a women’s social organization. Among the club’s most famous visitors were the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, who stayed there overnight in 1959. The Duchess, the former Baltimorean Wallis Warfield Simpson, grew up just a few blocks north on Biddle Street.

Digital image from the Maryland State Archives, MSA SC 5980-1-53.

Artist note: Gabrielle de Veaux Clements, initially a painter, learned etching from her companion, the artist Ellen Day Hale. For more biographical information on Clements:

National Museum of Women in the Arts

http://www.nmwa.org/explore/artist-profiles/gabrielle-de-veaux-clements

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