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April 6, 2007

British scholar conducts lecture, book signing at CW's Wallace Museum

Tessa Murdoch, deputy keeper at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England, will lecture on her book, “Noble Households: Eighteenth-Century Inventories of Great English Houses-A Tribute to John Cornforth,” 5 p.m. Monday, April 23 in Colonial Williamsburg’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.

“Noble Households” discusses the great house inventories of the 18th century. These inventories document the taste and lifestyle of historic aristocrats and the households that supported them, recording information ranging from the daily lives of the servants to the arrangements of the house interiors. “Noble Households” is published in memory of the architectural historian John Cornforth, who believed inventories to be an invaluable primary resource for interpreting the way these great houses were used and lived in.

A book signing will follow.

This program is included in museum admission.

The Museums of Colonial Williamsburg include the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Admission is included in any Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or by separate museums ticket. For information call (757) 220-7724.

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