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Dining Room and Stage Offices at White Sulphur Springs

Artist:
John Hazelhurst Boneval Latrobe (1803–1891)
Date:
1832
Medium:
Watercolor on off-white wove paper
Dimensions:
7 7/16 x 10 3/8 in. (18.9 x 26.4 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Bequest of Susan Ludlow Parish, by exchange, 1984
Accession Number:
1984.40
Not on view
Latrobe, son of the architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe, visited the popular resort at White Sulphur Springs in 1832. In letters, he described the dining room—seen here in the center of the composition—as a place where a scramble occurred at every meal. Between two large trees in the foreground, Latrobe shows small knots of hungry guests forming outside the dining hall and collecting on the paths and covered porch. Although the activity and the building anchor the foreground, most of the sheet is given over to the rolling hillside nestled beneath the mountains, all gilded by high sunlight.
Inscription: [along bottom in graphite]: White Sulphur - Dining Room - Stage Office [e]tc/ from the New Orleans House; [at upper left in graphite]: 13 [vertical]; [at upper right in graphite]: 13; [at lower left in graphite]: 3; [along lower right edge in graphite]: - 4 - [vertical]; [on verso in graphite]: #74/ facing pp 11 - m/s. [?]/ Chap IX
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