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High fan-back Windsor armchair

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History of ownership: Belonged to Henry Flynt (1676-1760), known as "Tutor Flynt" of Harvard College, where he was appointed in 1699 and retired in 1754. In his will of 1760 is listed: "Item, as to my Chamber furniture & Clothing etc which I brought from College to Mrs. Sprague's My will is that Mrs. Dorothy Jackson wife to the late Mr. Edward Jackson Deceased have my Easy Green Chair; my Gold Necklace with my new Blue Silk Gown". The chair bears a brass plate on the bottom tracing its history: Henry Flynt 1676-1760 / Tutor in Harvard College 55 Years / Brother of / Dorothy Quincy / Jonathan Jackson / Charles Jackson / Amelia Lee Jackson / Oliver Wendell Holmes / Oliver Wendell Holmes 1900 / Edward Jackson Holmes 1935. The last line was added to the plaque which was placed on the chair in 1900; 1935, lent by Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes, November 22, 1935; 1958, loan renewed; 1964, given by Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes (Accession Date Februay 12, 1964).

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes

About 1745–54

Object Place

Boston area, Massachusetts

Catalogue Raisonné

Randall 195


Overall: 108.9 x 65.4 x 54 cm (42 7/8 x 25 3/4 x 21 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Maple, ash, pine




Furniture, Seating and Beds