Focus Tour Friday: Isn’t It Lovely? Decorative Arts of the John Marshall House

Jun 7, 2024

12:00 pm — 1:00 pm

Preservation Virginia began stewarding the John Marshall House in the early 20th century and opened it as a public museum in 1913. Across the decades, objects and furnishings once belonging to the Chief Justice and his family found their way back to the 1790 home. Today, Preservation Virginia is proud to own and care for approximately 50% original collections items in the John Marshall House.
This tour will explore primary source documentation that illustrates how Marshall’s tastes changed over time, the international and cultural influences reflected in his furnishings and objects, and consider the significance of fluid use of domestic spaces in the early years of the new nation. While these items traveled near and far to line the halls and walls of the Marshall House and demonstrated the wealth of their owner, each plate, sofa, and crystal was meticulously cared for by the enslaved workforce in the home. How do the decorative arts of the John Marshall House reflect cultural and design norms and aesthetics of the period, while also exhibiting the inequities of the institution of slavery?
Join John Marshall House Museum Educators in this Focus Tour Friday event, Isn’t It Lovely?: Decorative Arts of the Marshall House on June 7, 2024 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Standard museum admission applies; Preservation Virginia members are free. No advanced sign up necessary.