Drawing Room Mansion - Drawing Room

In 18th- and 19th-century England, after the evening meal the ladies would “withdraw” from the dining room, leaving the men to their cigars and talk of politics and finance. In the drawing room, the women gossiped, played cards or worked on their needlepoint. The Drawing Room is the most formal room in the house, and we know that the duPonts and their guests followed the English custom on special occasions.

Portraits in this room include Jessie duPont by Russian émigré artist Pierre Troubetzkoy, the Duchess of Gloucester by Sir Joshua Reynolds, a portrait of “Kitty” Courtenay by George Romney, and a painting of Alfred’s great-great-grandmother Marie LeDee duPont.

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