Winner of A.A.S.L.H. Award of Merit
American Association for State & Local History
new book about
magnificent original 1760s
scenic wallpapers in
the Jeremiah Lee Mansion in Marblehead, MA
These brilliant works of art are among the most spectacular interior embellishments to survive from America’s late colonial period, just before American independence.
rare both then and now, the fragile wallpapers based on European
engravings have distinction as one of only two sets in the world, and
the only ones in their original location.
resplendent after two and a half centuries, the scenic papers were at
the apex of fashion on this continent when the house was built for its
first and only
resident owner, Col.
Jeremiah Lee. In
end, all was sacrificed as Lee lost his life through covert actions on
behalf of independence as the Revolution began.
Also included are several patterns of block-printed papers apparently from other rooms, also rare, and virtually unknown ~ as well as information about the wallpapers' preservation.
with bibliography & endnotes
"... much more than just a book about wallpaper ..."
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For the first time in a publication dedicated just
to them, the exceptional Lee Mansion wallpapers
are illuminated in this fully illustrated book.
shown are similar wall coverings
houses above the Hudson River in Albany NY
the Van Rensselaer and Schuyler
including a splendid room now in the American Wing
of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
The book also illustrates a diminutive set in a
c.1760 doll house in the Museum of London.
132 images, 96 pages, 7” x 10”
museum-quality paperback, limited-edition
through the author, Judy Anderson,
former Lee Mansion Curator
(781) 631-1762 or email: MarbleheadArchitecture@aol.com
International shipping includes currency exchange and other fees
Lee Mansion has been
owned & preserved by the
Marblehead Museum & Historical Society since 1909
and has been open to the public seasonally for over a century.
Critical praise for the Lee Mansion wallpaper book
Some comments from the arts & museum field:
“The book is gorgeous !”
Carrie Rebora Barratt, Associate Director, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
“It is a quality production in every way. Everyone in the field should own a copy.”
Dean Lahikainen, Peter & Carolyn Lynch Curator of American Decorative Arts, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem
“The details are fascinating, and the images really support the text.”
Helen Hall, former museum curator
"It is elegant and refined and distinguished in every possible way."
Lady Lucinda Lambton, British writer, photographer and film-maker on architectural subjects
“What a jewel ! ”
Lorraine Biggrigg Pocobene, wallpaper conservator
A few readers’ comments:
“The book arrived last evening and is everything and more than I had hoped for.”
“It is a fabulous study and will have a prominent place in my decorative arts library.”
“That is the best book ever, on many levels – and I’ve done a lot of research….
It's well-rounded, interestingly written, very compelling; kept me turning the pages.”
“I have purchased a lot of art books, and this one is a star!”
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