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Object ID 1911.001
Object Name Painting
Title New Castle County Almshouse
Collection Works of Art
Credit line Gift of the McMahon Brothers Furniture Store
Date 1885
Artist Jefferson David Chalfant
Made Jefferson David Chalfant
Description Framed, oil on canvas painting of New Castle County Almshouse by Jefferson David Chalfant (1856-1931). The painting depicts a view southeast across what is now the south side of Broome Street between Second and Third Streets to the rear of the walled Almshouse property. View of a simple Classical Revival building (the third almshouse on the site, opened 1852) with flat cupolas. To the left is an earlier dormered building that is probably left over from the 1806 complex, which burned in 1850. In the foreground is a field with cows. The Christina River can be seen in the background. The Almshouse sheltered the poor and mentally ill. The buildings pictured here were torn down the same year Chalfant painted them and the property was subdivided for housing lots.

Dimensions H-17.75 L-26.75 D-0.75 inches
Dimension Details framed dimensions
Owned Arabella Chalfant Bullock
Provenance Originally owned by the artist's sister, Arabella Chalfant Bullock.
Subjects Art
Almshouses
Buildings
Paintings
People Chalfant, Jefferson D.
Search Terms Paintings
New Castle County Almshouse
Almshouses
New Castle County
Poorhouses
J.D. Chalfant
Jefferson Chalfant
Jefferson David Chalfant
Nineteenth Century
Wilmington
New Castle County
Place of Origin Wilmington
Medium Oil on canvas