The Vaughan Plan Canvas Bookmark
The Vaughan Plan, drawn by Samuel Vaughan in 1787, has been an invaluable resource in the continuing quest to restore the Mount Vernon Estate.
Samuel Vaughan, an English merchant, philanthropist, liberal, and Unitarian leader arrived at Mount Vernon in August 1787. He made sketches of the Mount Vernon mansion and the formal area around it in his journal, embellishing it with a perspective of the river and the Maryland shore beyond. From this sketch and his field notes he derived the finished plan which he sent as a gift to George Washington.
In his acknowledgement of November 1787, Washington wrote that the plan "describes with accuracy the house, walk and shrubs." This was a polite over simplification as there were minor errors in the ground, the elevation, and the first floor plan of the mansion. Washington took exception only to the omission of mounds at the west end of the Bowling Green, and the indication of planting in this area that would have interrupted a vista. The scale of the ground plan was distorted, indicating that these dimensions were paced rather than measured by chain or tape.
The Vaughan Plan canvas bookmark is printed with the finest inks available to resist fading for years to come. The bookmark is 9" x 2 ¼".