Side Chair

Attributed to John Aitken, American (born Scotland), c. 1760/65 - 1839

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America


Mahogany, lightwood stringing, ash, softwood

37 1/4 x 21 x 20 1/2 inches (94.6 x 53.3 x 52.1 cm) Seat: 17 1/2 x 21 x 17 1/2 inches (44.5 x 53.3 x 44.5 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

* Gallery 103, American Art, first floor (Sherrerd Gallery)

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
125th Anniversary Acquisition. Gift of the McNeil Americana Collection, 2007

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This chair was likely commissioned for the Philadelphia residence of George and Martha Washington and served as the prototype for a suite of similarly designed chairs commissioned for and still on view at their Mount Vernon estate in Virginia.

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