DOA: 25 1/2″
MAKER: Robert Walker was the brother of William Walker, an architect and master builder who worked for several landowners in the Northern Neck of Virginia, including John Mercer, who employed William Walker to construct his new house, Marlboro, on the banks of the Potomac, and engaged Robert Walker to provide furniture. From documents, we know that William Walker was in Virginia by 1730; Robert first appears in 1743. They settled in the Northern Neck and quickly became the builders and cabinetmakers of choice for the region’s leading families – the Carters, Fitzhughs, Lees, and Washingtons. William lived on the Potomac River, while Robert lived in King George County, across from Port Royal, a thriving port town strategically positioned at the midpoint of the Rappahannock. From a 1775 advertisement, we find that the Walkers were Scottish, originally from the parish of Dunottar, south of Aberdeen.