Gallery 711 - Wentworth Room, 1695–1700
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The Wentworth Room is from the Portsmouth, New Hampshire, home of John Wentworth (1671–1730) and his wife, Sarah Hunking Wentworth (ca. 1673–1741). The room is furnished with imported and American-made furniture in the William and Mary style.
Originally a "best chamber," or bedroom, on the second floor, the Wentworth Room is one of the largest domestic interiors surviving from the early colonial period. Period diaries reveal the best chamber was used for dining and entertaining in addition to sleeping. The room probably contained a high bedstead with a handsome set of bed hangings, but this installation has omitted the bed in order to show a variety of new furniture forms and the activities that took place in the room.