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Dennis Andrew Carr
The Account Book of Benjamin Baker

American Furniture 2004

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  • Figure 1
    Figure 1
    High chest of drawers possibly by Benjamin Baker, Newport, Rhode Island. Mahogany with white pine and chestnut. H. 87 3/4", W. 40 1/4", D. 22 1/4". (Courtesy, Whitehorne House Museum, Newport Restoration Foundation; photo, Gavin Ashworth.)
  • Figure 2
    Figure 2

    Detail of the signature on the back of the high chest illustrated in fig. 1. (Photo, Gavin Ashworth.)

  • Figure 3
    Figure 3

    Detail of the front inside cover of the account book of Benjamin Baker. (Courtesy, Newport Historical Society)

  • Figure 4
    Figure 4
    Entry for John Townsend in the account book of Benjamin Baker.
  • Figure 5
    Figure 5

    Detail of the carved shell on the skirt of the high chest illustrated in fig. 1. (Photo, Gavin Ashworth.)

  • Figure 6
    Figure 6
    John Townsend, high chest of drawers, Newport, Rhode Island, 1759. Mahogany with chestnut, white pine, and cottonwood. H. 88 7/8", W. 39 7/16", D. 22 1/8". (Courtesy, Yale University Art Gallery; bequest of Doris M. Bixey.)
  • Figure 7
    Figure 7
    Detail of the carved shell on the skirt of the high chest illustrated in fig. 6.
  • Figure 8
    Figure 8

    Benjamin Baker, dressing table, Newport, Rhode Island, possibly 1764. Mahogany with chestnut and white pine. H. 31", W. 35", D. 20". (Courtesy, Preservation Society of Newport County; photo, Gavin Ashworth.)

  • Figure 9
    Figure 9
    Detail of the chalk inscription on the back of the skirt of the dressing table illustrated in fig. 8. (Photo, Gavin Ashworth.)
  • Figure 10
    Figure 10
    Detail of the carved shell on the skirt of the dressing table illustrated in fig. 8. (Photo, Gavin Ashworth.)
  • Figure 11
    Figure 11

    Entry for Thomas Claggett in the account book of Benjamin Baker.

  • Figure 12
    Figure 12

    Benjamin Baker, tall clock case, Newport, Rhode Island, 1772. Mahogany with white pine. H. 95", W. 21 5/8", D. 11 1/4". (Courtesy, Old Sturbridge Village.)

  • Figure 13
    Figure 13

    Detail of the label on the back of the waist door of the tall clock case illustrated in fig. 12.

  • Figure 14
    Figure 14

    Map of Newport showing Baker’s property on Easton’s Point, 1777. (Courtesy, Newport Historical Society.)