DESIGN: The design of the chair is taken from Thomas Sheraton, The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer’s Drawing Book, 3rd edition, London, 1802, plate 36.
RELATED WORKS: Breakfast table also by Woodward (MESDA Acc. No. 3813). This table and other works that can be documented to Woodward are more vernacular in nature.
MAKER: James Woodward was a highly productive cabinetmaker in Norfolk, Virginia, from at least 1793 until his death in 1839. He produced furniture for many of Virginia’s elite families, including a table for Humberston Skipwith (MESDA acc. 3813) and this arm chair (MESDA acc. 4033) from a set made for General John Hartwell Cocke. At Woodward’s death in 1839, his estate inventory revealed a large and complex cabinet shop, with over 125 pieces of furniture listed.