Where: Smith Auditorium, George Washington’s Mount Vernon
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Mount Vernon, VA 22121
When: Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 7:00 pm
Details: Mount Vernon welcomes author Lydia Brandt to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium to discuss her book First in the Homes of His Countrymen: George Washington’s Mount Vernon in the American Imagination on Wednesday, December 7, 2016.
Over the past two hundred years Americans have reproduced George Washington’s Mount Vernon plantation house more often, and in a greater variety of media, than any of their country’s other historic buildings. In this highly original new book, Lydia Mattice Brandt chronicles America’s obsession with the first president’s iconic home through advertising, prints, paintings, popular literature, and the full-scale replication of its architecture.
Lydia Mattice Brandt is Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of South Carolina. She earned her Ph.D. in Art and Architectural History from the University of Virginia in 2011, and was a member of the Washington Library’s inaugural class of research fellows.
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