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Parish Church of St. George

Artist/Maker:
Eastburn, James Wallis
Place Made:
Accomack County Virginia United States of America
Date Made:
1819
Medium:
watercolor and ink on paper
Dimensions:
HOA 5 1/4; WOA 7 3/8
Accession Number:
4396
Description:
SUBJECT: This small watercolor depicts St. George Parish Church at Pungoteague, Accomack County, Virginia. A church was established on or near the site in the 1670s. The church depicted was probably constructed about 1738. The church was cruciform in plan with a semi-circular apse and a hipped gambrel roof. The church was badly damaged during the Civil War. In the 1880s the church was renovated. At that time the transept wings were demolished and a simple gable roof was put on leaving only the original nave. The church still stands.

It was documented by the Historic American Buildings Survey in 1936:
http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/hh/item/va0033/

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970: https://www.dhr.virginia.gov/registers/Counties/Accomack/001-0040_Saint_George%27s_Episcopal_Church_1970_Final_Nomination.pdf

ARTIST: James Wallis Eastburn (1797-1819) was the rector of St. George Parish in Accomack County, Virginia. He was born in London, but emigrated to New York with his family as a young child. Educated at Columbia College (later Columbia University) in New York, he took holy orders in 1818. He is best known as a poet and composer of hymns. This watercolor was used as the frontis for a volume of Eastburn’s poems.

REFERENCES: Ralph T. Whitelaw, “Virginia’s Eastern Shore: A History of Northampton and Accomack Counties” (Richmond, Virginia: Virginia Historical Society, 1951) 705-706.

DESCRIPTION: watercolor and ink sketch on paper depicting a brick church in the form of a Latin cross with a hipped gambrel roof; on left is a large tree; in the background is a landscape with trees and a fence.

Credit Line:
Given by Charles G. Dorman in Honor of Frank Horton