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House Name: Mowry Tavern
Work Type
wall stenciling
House: Built c. 1790, demolished in 1970s
Original Stencil: early 19th century
Facsimile Stencil: circa 1995
House: Greenville (Smithfield) RI
Original: distemper paint on pigmented white wash plaster ground
Facsimile: alkyd and/or Japan paint on 30 x 40 inch card board
folk style stenciling in farm house
One of two stenciled second floor chambers.
ID Number
Image Date: 2015
Megan Lessard
About the Collection
The bulk of the Collection consists of reproductions of stenciled walls found in American structures dating to the Federal Period, 1790-1840. Although examples are primarily from Rhode Island structures, stenciled walls were common throughout New England and other parts of the country. Some of the designs are the last remaining examples of work by itinerant artisans in American structures, as many of the 200-year old buildings containing them are being demolished or the stenciling being painted, plastered or paneled over. Recreations are 30 by 40 inches and utilize full sized stencil motifs traced directly from the original walls and arranged on the surface in layouts as similar to the original as possible. They represent fragments of 200-year-old stenciled interior decoration in size, colorations and layout.
About the Creator
Ann Eckert Brown recorded the stencil designs when researching her books American Wall Stenciling, 1790-1840 (2003), American Painted Floors before 1849 (2008), and Painted Rooms of Rhode Island Colonial and Federal (2013). Brown has researched, executed and taught 18th and 19th century decorative painting techniques for over 40 years with numerous in-studio and on-location restoration projects. In addition to her books she has published for The American Museum in Britain, American Folk Art Museum Magazine, The Decorator (a publication of the Historical Society of Early American Decoration (HSEAD), etc. She continues to be keenly interested in preserving the rapidly disappearing examples of early American architectural paint, working with The Painted Wall Preservation Center, in Hallowell, ME, and consulting on new architectural paint discoveries.
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