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The Washington Collection: Tableau for Martha Washington

The Washington Collection: Tableau for Martha Washington

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Tudor Place Foundation Inc.

The Washington Collection: Tableau for Martha Washington

Samuel Fraunces created this tableau, depicting Hector departing for the Trojan War flanked by his wife, Andromache, and a nursemaid holding their son, for Martha Washington. It was made to commemorate the sacrifices Mrs. Washington made for the new republic. Fraunces owned the Queen Charlotte's Head tavern in New York City, where General George Washington gave his farewell address to the officers of the Continental Army on December 4, 1783. This rare wax and shellwork tableau is one of the most unique works of art from the Washingtons' home. It is part of the collection at Tudor Place. Tudor Place was the Washington, D.C., home of Thomas and Martha Custis Peter. Martha Custis Peter was First Lady Martha Washington's granddaughter.

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