Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Furnishings, Personal Objects, and Portraits of a President

The University of Mary Washington has a James Monroe Museum Memorial Library. One of the online exhibits is Furnishings, Personal Objects, and Portraits of a President.

When James Monroe was the US Minister to France in the late 1790s, he purchased a suite of Louis XVI furniture. You can see the secretary to the left.

This quilt was pieced by Maria Monroe Gouverneur (Monroe’s daughter). She began the quilt prior to Elizabeth Monroe’s death in 1830, but never finished it.

This tiara was Elizabeth Monroe’s. It is unsure how Mrs. Monroe purchased this piece, but it probably originally belonged to the Bonaparte family.

This is Elizabeth’s Necessaire Kit and probably was inherited from her family. The kit was for holding personal care items.

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