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Part of The American Wing
Date: ca. 1767Accession Number: 40.127
John Singleton Copley (American, Boston, Massachusetts 1738–1815 London)
Date: 1771Accession Number: 49.13
Date: ca. 1765Accession Number: 39.184.12
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This pre-Revolutionary room in The Doris and Stanley Tananbaum Galleries features the only remaining suite of New York City eighteenth-century furniture. It belonged to Samuel Verplanck (1739–1820), a member of an influential New York City family, and his Dutch-born wife, Judith Crommelin Verplanck (d. 1803). The room itself, including the fireplace wall, paneled dado, and cornice, comes from a house built in 1767 in the Hudson River valley by Cadwallader and Elizabeth Ellison Colden, descendants of another storied New York family. The Verplancks lived in an elegant Georgian-style brick town house at 3 Wall Street whose interior was probably more ornate than the relatively simple architectural setting seen here. No eighteenth-century New York City parlors have survived, however, and the Colden House setting provides a fine example of mid-eighteenth-century American woodwork.
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