Parlor from the James Duncan Jr. house, Haverhill, Massachusetts


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 729

The Haverhill Room is the formal parlor (now furnished as a bedroom) from a house that originally belonged to James Duncan Jr. (1756–1822). Duncan was a merchant living in Haverhill, Massachusetts, a town thirty miles north of Boston. He grew wealthy as a partner in the shipping and mercantile business begun by his father, James Duncan Sr. (1726–1818).

Financial success allowed Duncan to build an elegant house in the first decade of the nineteenth century. Its interior represents the neoclassical style of architecture that prevailed during the early 1800s and provides an appropriate backdrop for the American Wing’s strong collection of New England furniture from this era.

Parlor from the James Duncan Jr. house, Haverhill, Massachusetts, White pine and plaster, American

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