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( 6 ) North Parlour:
The sofa on the interior west wall is a graceful Sheraton Duncan Phyfe with
cylindrical cushions. The top rail is mahogany veneer. The sofa has several
acanthus leaf carvings and has two plain rosettes at the end of each arm. On
the sofa is a knotted hickory walking stick thought to have been used by David
Daniel Merritt, the builder of the house.
Above the sofa is a large painting of Joseph W. Lawrence, the first President
of the New Brunswick Historical Society. It was painted by John Christopher
Miles ca. 1883.
In it Lawrence is shown seated in his private library in allusion to his high
regard of local history. The sofa is attributed to Alexander Lawrence, father
of Joseph W. Lawrence.
Who is Joseph W. Lawrence?
entry from the Dictionary of Canadian Biography
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