Winter 2006 Exhibit

The Daniel Street home, built between 1716 and 1718, is described on its National Historic Landmark certificate as "perhaps the finest brick residence of the first quarter of the eighteenth century left in New England."

The families that lived in the house over 300 years included many notables who will be represented in the Athenaeum exhibit, which runs through April 29.   The exhibit includes a pair of shoes that belonged to John Nathaniel Sherburne that once had cut-outs for his bunions.   Family patriarch Jonathan Warner is represented by a pair of breeches, man's coat and waistcoat and walking stick. His daughter, Polly Warner, can be seen in a 1761 portrait by Joseph Blackburn. She is holding a bird and has flowers and pearls in her hair. "It's the best portrait Blackburn ever did," Volk said of the artist who painted six Warners; five of the portraits are still in the house.

The exhibit coincides with the publication of a book edited by Volk, "The Warner House: A Rich and Colorful History." The profusely illustrated collection of essays by several noted scholars will soon be published and available for $25 in paperback. (See our Shop page)


Previous Exhibits
Farm and Mountains:
An exhibit of Photographs from a Century Ago of the James Farm
Russell Cheney
A New England Master
Northern New England Paintings

Literary Lions:
Celebrating 250 Years of Printing in the Seacoast


The Artful Life of Thomas P. Moses 1808 - 1881
Portsmouth in 1950:The Art of Charles V. Goodhue
"To Restore Our Glorious Union" Portsmouth & The Civil War
Susan Ricker Knox: Portsmouth and Beyond