An incredibly charming diminutive hand-painted figural place card, 3 3/4 x 4 1/4, belonging to George Washington’s great-great-great Grand-Niece Patty Willis Washington and hand inscribed by her along the border “Miss Patty Willis Washington.” The place card depicts a woman dressed in the fashion of George Washington’s era. It is obviously handmade as well as multi-media: the figure’s face, hair and petticoats are made of stock paper hand-painted with watercolor and whiting; her skirt is a silk damask fabric remnant; her headdress is made of lace and she carries an applique floral arrangement. The place card has an easel-style prop verso to keep it upright.
PATTY WILLIS WASHINGTON (1880-1971) was the sixth-generation descendent of John Augustine Washington (1736-1787), George Washington’s youngest brother. The generations separating George Washington from Patty Willis Washington traced through the paternal lines can be seen below:
1. John Augustine Washington, brother of George Washington
2. Corbin Washington (1765-1799)
3. John Augustine Washington II (1789-1832)
4. John Augustine Washington III (1821-1861); he was notable for being the aide-de-camp of Gen. Robert E. Lee, killed at the 1861 Battle of Cheat Mountain, the last private owner of Mount Vernon
5. Lawrence Washington (1854-1920)
6. Patty Willis Washington
PATTY WILLIS WASHINGTON, along with her younger sister Anne Madison Washington (1882-1966) inherited many of the family’s George Washington relics. The sisters made a sizeable donation to the George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, VA, in 1966.
In excellent condition.
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