I hope you’re outside enjoying the sunshine today! Unfortunately the forecast says it’s going to be short-lived. But if you find yourself yearning for sunshine and flowers while sitting inside staring at the rain this weekend, you can purchase your ticket for the Hammond-Harwood House’s Secret Garden Tour on June 2 and 3. It will take place in the lovely Murray Hill neighborhood in Annapolis, and feature beautiful private gardens. Tickets are $25 in advance and will be $30 the weekend of the Tour.
Monthly Archives: April 2012
Our Museum Store recently received a redesign and a mannequin that had been in the store modelling a tricorn hat no longer fit. So it has been repurposed as a way to show children participating in our educational programs how colonial ladies wore their clothing. I christened her Headless Hester, and started planning a new outfit for her, but in the meantime she had to wear something. So this is what Headless was garbed in:
While Headless does look lovely in her lace-trimmed gown, it is not at all accurate to the 18th century. So now, Headless looks like this:
While this is quite immodest for an 18th-century lady, as she is only wearing her underwear, it is more accurate than her previous attire. Headless is wearing a shift, stays, a pocket, and an underpetticoat. The shift would be worn closest to the body, to protect her clothes from her bodily oils, and would serve as both underwear and nightgown. The stays come next, to give her body the proper conical shape and to support the layers of clothing on top. Headless’s stays were hand-sewn by one of our volunteers using materials and techniques straight out of the 1700’s. Headless’s pocket is tied on over her stays; it would not usually show over her petticoat, but I wanted you to be able to see it in its silken, hand-sewn glory. I made it myself, and it’s pretty rare for me to sew anything by hand… Finally, Headless has on an underpetticoat so that her skirts will have the appropriate volume. I have more plans for Headless’s wardrobe, so maybe someday she’ll be wearing more than just 18th century underwear!
The exhibit House & Home is opening at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC on April 28. A pianoforte and fire bucket from Hammond-Harwood House are featured in the exhibition, and I can’t wait to go visit them in their temporary home. Until the 28th, I just have to content myself with watching the charming video they’ve made to promote the exhibit.
History works in mysterious and wonderful ways. The Hammond-Harwood House has a portrait of Philip Yorke, the 1st Earl of Hardwicke, that descended in his family to Susan Amelia Yorke Hambro (pictured above) and was eventually sold at auction. Mrs. Clifford Hendrix, a former director of the Hammond-Harwood House, purchased it at the sale and later generously donated it to us, so the Earl now hangs proudly in our large parlor. Imagine my surprise when the blog of the British National Trust features a post on their portrait of the same man! I immediately commented on it, and received an e-mail from Emile de Bruijn, a Registrar for the Trust and the blog’s author. We traded information on our Yorke portraits and he has written an excellent summary of their histories. Please go read all about our portrait of the Earl and his English twin!