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A Modern Man: A. J. Downing and the American Gentleman’s Country Seat

A. J. Downing (1815–1852) was full of modern ideas about landscape gardening. And he particularly wanted to create a tradition in the United States that was inspired by—but separate from—British and European precedents. He also recognized the need to adapt … Continue reading

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A Carpet of Velvety Green: Lawns on 19th-Century Country Estates

A beautiful undulating carpet of fresh green grass was an essential luxury on 19th-century country estates. Today, that idea may seem fairly obvious, but why? And how did the landed gentry plant and maintain their expansive (and expensive) lawns in … Continue reading

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The Bartows and Art: A Lost Portrait, Famous Relatives, and Artistic Neighbors

We don’t know if the Bartow family had an interest in art, but we do know that they lived in the midst of artists, collectors, and a thriving art market. Robert Bartow and Maria Lorillard married in 1827 and set … Continue reading

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Bluestockings and Blue Bloods: The Pelham Priory School for Young Ladies

The girls came from all over. They were daughters of the nation’s elite, of people such as Robert E. Lee and Lincoln’s former Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. They were Lorillards, Lefferts, and maybe even Bartows. In the nineteenth century, … Continue reading

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