"WINTER, MOUNT VERNON PLACE, BALTIMORE" (Dated 1925) By GABRIELLE DEVAUX CLEMENTS (Pennsylvania - South Carolina, 1858 - 1948)
Original etching on paper, 13 ¾ x 17 ½ inches (sight), 20 ½ x 24 ¼ inches (original frame), signed in pencil lower right, artist proof, added: linen hinging, UV glass and acid free museum paper under original French matte and behind print. Digital image and information is at the Maryland State Archives, MSA SC 5980-1-53.
"Every house on Mount Vernon Place has a unique story to tell. Take, for instance, the Tiffany-Fisher House (1842), a fine example of Greek Revival architecture seen at the extreme left of this print. Built by William Tiffany, a prominent Baltimore merchant, the home has witnessed an ever changing set of owners and visitors. By the early 1860s, the mansion served as the Allston Art Club described as being "a ˜front' for Southern sympathizers during the Civil War. This gentleman's group "gave frequent receptions to ladies. It served next as the Edgeworth School for Young Ladies, a day and boarding institution under the watchful eye of Miss Sarah Kummer. Girls could learn foreign languages, literature, fine arts and scientific studies. After the school's demise the property reverted back to a private residence until its 1942 purchase by the Mount Vernon Club, a women's social organization. Among the club's most famous visitors were the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, who stayed there overnight in 1959. The Duchess, the former Baltimorean Wallis Warfield Simpson, grew up just a few blocks north on Biddle Street. (From the Maryland State Archives, MSA SC 5980-1-53.)