Watercolor on paper
Mt. Pleasant* is a mid-eighteenth century Colonial mansion in Philadelphia and provides the reference for the interiors of Chambers. Traditional watercolor techniques including transparent veiled washes as well as translucent, but super-saturated paint define compositions that juxtapose orderly arrangements of windows, doors, and Georgian-style woodwork against crumbling fireplaces and peeling plaster. The colors employed, such as a plum-violet ceiling or chartreuse-green walls, are jubilant fantasies (the actual walls in the mansion are neutral grays and creamy whites.)
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* Mt. Pleasant is a building that remains in nearly the same condition in which it was built before the American Revolutionary war. It was only used as a private residence until the 1830's when the structure became the property of the City of Philadelphia. It’s woodwork and floor plans are original which is considered unique for a building of its kind and age in America. The eloquence of the woodwork and light from the large windows in the high-ceilinged well-proportioned rooms startled me when I first saw it. Because repairs to the roof were in progress, the rooms were empty of furnishings. It felt like it was new and as it might have looked before its first owners occupied it some 260 years ago.