STYLE: This chair is part of a large group attributed to an anonymous shop in Southside Virginia. The chairs are characterized by having splats seated in an open mortise cut into the rear seat rail. After the splat was glued and nailed into the mortise, the opening was filled with small blocks of secondary wood (usually pine). As seen here, corner chairs in this group often do not have a molded shoe attached to the rear rail.
HALIFAX CONNECTION: The lack of a molded shoe is typical of corner chairs from Halifax and Mecklenburg counties in Southside Virginia. Similar parallels exist between case pieces from the two areas, largely as a result of the widespread dissemination of the Petersburg style.
The chair subsequently descended in the family of Lewis’s granddaughter, Lucy Meriwether (Lewis) Walker (1804-1874) of Caswell County, North Carolina, and was gifted to MESDA by her direct descendant, Lucy Meriwether Lewis Morgan.