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Warner House (1716-18), Portsmouth, New Hampshire.Remarkably sophisticated for its early Georgian date, the house is strikingly handsome in its proportions. It displays quite a few ornaments typical of its style, including a cupola and balustrade, an overly-dormered roof, a belt course and an imposing segmental pediment over the entrance.
Warner House; Landing of main stair:Two of four Mohawk "Kings" taken to England in 1710 and shown to Queen Anne to encourage support for colonies against French and Indians in "Queen Anne's War". These replicas painted c 1720. Original paintings by John Verelst are in Canadian National Archives, Ottawa.
Macpheadris Warner House (1716-18) Portsmouth, New Hampshire; East wall of main stair. Boy wearing wig on a pony with black pouch (sabretache) bearing a crown and the letter "P", thought by the photographer-historian to be an image of Crown Prince William Henry, Duke of Gloucester, the only child of Queen Anne to survive infancy, who was second in line to the throne when he died immediately after his eleventh birthday - before his mother became Queen.
Wentworth-Gardner House (1760), Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The facade is a charming accumulation of Georgian decorative elements: the hipped roof pierced by three dormers, the two-story quoins, angular pediments over the ground floor windows and a hefty broken-scroll pediment atop the door entablature.This facade bears wood panels somewhat rusticated to look like stone, but the sides are simple wood clapboard.
Wentworth-Gardner House (1760) Portsmouth, New Hampshire; Interior - Upstairs Hall. The panelled hall is flanked by fluted Ionic pilasters under a modillioned cornice. The balustrade leads down to an arched window at the rear of the house flanked by pilasters, flowered fretwork and a panelled reveal.