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Morris-Jumel Mansion (New York City, New York)

A hand-joined wallpaper supplied by WRNA was installed in the personal quarters of George Washington, who stayed in the house for several months during the Revolutionary War. Analysis of the second-floor room used by Washington found bare plaster and traces of starch, which indicated that the walls were originally papered.

A rag paper with suitable texture was joined together, then painted, by WRNA, in a workshop, imitating the "elephant" paper of the time. A plain green color was chosen by the curators as it was a popular color of the time.

The paper was then trimmed with scissors and overlapped on site in the 18th century manner. It is planned to decorate the room further with an architectural-type wallpaper border.

The work in Washington's chamber was overseen by consultant Elizabeth Bidwell Bates and underwritten by the Vidda foundation.

In early 2004, the downstairs hallways were completely redecorated with an early 19th century design blockprinted by Mauny, with swag set border on top and narrow borders outlining angles. This work was also scissor-trimmed and overlapped by WRNA.

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