Exhibit at George Washington's Headquarters Museum
Morristown National Historical Park
30 Washington Place, Morristown, New Jersey
Exhibit on view from
February 17 to December 28, 2018
Map and Directions | Park website
(973) 539-2016 extension 210
Opening on Presidents Day Weekend in tandem with
the Grand Opening of the Discover History Center
Free Gallery Talks by the Artist on February 17, 18, and 19
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Based on a forthcoming book by the National Park Service, Morristown National Historical Park. This eBook features 23 photographs and 13 illustrations.
The Ford Mansion was George Washington's military headquarters during the winter encampment of 1779-80. He spent several months there, joined by his wife Martha, in a home filled with his generals and support staff during that terrible winter.
The National Park Service commissioned the photographs of the 12-room Georgian Revival mansion. The images feature rich color, detail, and dramatic contrasts of light and shadow using only existing window light with a sparing use of a technique called “light painting.” The effect is an ethereal quality that spurs the imagination in a way that transcends visiting the actual rooms.
The exhibition of 24 photographs, measuring 18” x 24,” also highlights the Ford Mansion as a residence. "The domestic aspects are easily lost in the presence of Washington, but Xio has managed to capture the mansion’s essence as a home," explains curator Jude M. Pfister, the park’s Chief of Cultural Resources.