Notes and Sketches for Here Comes the Bride, 1759

Description (Brief)
Gerome Ferris took pains with his historical paintings as this unsigned sheet about Washington’s marriage demonstrates. There are contemporary details of Martha Custis’s wedding gown and of what Washington would have worn with the comment, “Hair powdered (thank God for that).” Sometimes the researcher finds altogether too much information: Ferris noted, probably in some despair, “none of these agree.”
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
20th century
original artist
Ferris, Jean Leon Gerome
Physical Description
paper (sheet material)
graphite (image material)
sheet: 25.5 cm x 20 cm; 10 1/16 in x 7 7/8 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Ferris Collection
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Ferris Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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