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Descending the Gardner stair

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Title:
Descending the Gardner stair
Description:
Wallace Nutting staged this photograph in the entrance hall of the Wentworth-Gardner House on Mechanic Street in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A model in period costume and hat walks down the main staircase beneath a molded elliptical arch into the entrance hall, holding a garment that may be a scarf or shawl in her left hand. In the lower right corner, there is the copyright notice: "W.N. 1915." Mrs. Elizabeth Rindge Wentworth built the house in 1760 as a wedding gift for her son Thomas, who died in 1768. In 1793, Major William Gardner bought the house and lived there until he died in 1833. In 1915, Wallace Nutting purchased the house, restored the building, and added it as one of the five sites in his for-profit enterprise, the Wallace Nutting Chain of Colonial Pictorial Houses.
Photographer:
Nutting, Wallace, 1861-1941
Date:
1915
Format:
Photographs
Genre:
black-and-white prints (photographs)
photographs
Location:
Historic New England
Collection (local):
PC039: Wallace Nutting photographic collection, 1910s-1930s
Subjects:
houses
Georgian (British Renaissance-Baroque style)
interior views
staged photographs
dwellings
Mechanic Street (Portsmouth, N.H.)
Architectural photography
Wallace Nutting Chain of Colonial Pictorial Houses
Wentworth, Elizabeth Rindge
Wentworth, Thomas, 1740-1768
Gardner, William, 1751-1834
Places:
New HampshireRockingham (county)Portsmouth
Wentworth-Gardner House (Portsmouth, N.H.)
Extent:
1 photographic print : black-and-white ; 10 x 8 inches
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Identifier:
195389
Call #:
PC039.USNH.03.030