Thomas BONAR.

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Rare Early View of Westport, Connecticut Mansion
[New York, c. 1855]



 


BONAR, Thomas [New York, c. 1855]  Compo House.  The Residence of Richard H. Winslow Esq. at Westport, Conn.  17 ¼ 21 ¼ inches.  Color lithograph.  Expertly mounted on acid-free paper; well-mended split lower right imperceptibly extending into printed surface, light mat burn, very good overall.                                                                                      


 A finely engraved, rare print of one of Westport’s first mansions, which was located in today’s Winslow Park, an area now especially well known to local dog lovers.  The lavish structure and grounds, designed by F. de Moulnier, was built in 1853 for Richard H. Winslow, a man of enormous wealth derived from banking, stocks and his early involvement in the development of railroads.  He was also an active and generous citizen of Westport, who served as a state representative and senator.  A roster of the rich and famous were guests at the house, including President Millard Fillmore and the jeweler, Louis-Francois Cartier.  The property included guest houses, elaborate gardens and statuary, and an elegant greenhouse, seen at left.


When Winslow died 1861, the estate passed into the hands of Stephen Alden, a Westport attorney.  It would later serve as a sanitarium until being abandoned and then torn down in the 1970s.  Local legend has it that the crumbling former mansion also served as a party house for local teens prior to its demolition.

Price: $950.00

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