I thought I'd share a sketch with you for a new project I've begun for the Historic Annapolis Foundation, the same kind folks who organized and put on the theatrical performance, Project Run-a-way, last year.
This is the William Paca House & Garden, located in Annapolis, Maryland - a "National Historic Landmark that was restored by Historic Annapolis to its colonial-era splendor". It was the original home to William Paca, a signatory to the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of Maryland, who then went on to become Governor of Maryland, as well as a United States federal judge.
Here's a bit more information from the Historic Annapolis website...
"The William Paca House is one of Annapolis’s—and America’s—most impressive restored 18th-century mansions. When built by Paca in 1763–65, it was one of the first five-part Georgian homes in Annapolis. Its style evokes the English country villas of the time.
Paca, a young lawyer who became one of four Declaration of Independence signers from Maryland as well as governor of Maryland from 1782-85, sold the house in 1780. The property changed hands many times in the 19th century, before becoming part of Carvel Hall—one of the city’s most popular hotels for much of the 20th century. By 1965, however, it faced demolition.
Historic Annapolis worked with other preservationists to purchase and save the property. Through meticulous restoration, the home has been returned to its distinctive colonial-era state. Museum-quality period furnishings, including Paca family silver and ceramics fill its rooms."
The Historic Annapolis Foundation has commissioned me to create a painting of the home and garden. Throughout it's history there have been a number of paintings created of it, though interpreted with historically inaccurate stylization or exaggerated subject matter regarding wealth, status and so on, depending on the particular era of the painting.
Therefore, one of the unique goals with the painting is, for the first time, to show the home as it truly was in 1773. Including all those who lived, or were involved, in the home - not only depicting William Paca and his wife Mary but many of the slaves & servants who maintained the home & garden. Everything that will be included in the painting will be as accurate as possible to what is known of the home, garden & characters at that time.
As you can assume I'm very excited to be on board for this and really look forward to sharing the progress of the painting with you! Hope you all enjoy this preliminary sketch and I'll talk with you soon.