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Part of The American Wing
Charles Willson Peale (American, Chester, Maryland 1741–1827 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Date: ca. 1771Accession Number: 33.24
Date: 1745–55Accession Number: 40.133.1a, b
Date: 1764Accession Number: 1980.1
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The Powel Room in The Doris and Stanley Tananbaum Galleries was originally located on the second story of a house that still stands today at 244 South Third Street in Philadelphia. It was constructed in 1765–66 by Charles Stedman (1713–1784), a Scottish-born shipmaster and merchant. The house was sold to Samuel Powel (1738–1793) in 1769, at the time of his marriage to Elizabeth Willing (1743–1830). Powel was the last mayor of Philadelphia under British rule and the first after the American Revolution. The couple hosted many members of the Continental Congress, including Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and George Washington. The room is furnished with superb examples of Philadelphia Rococo–style furniture of the type that the Powels might have owned.
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