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Portraits of the Warner and Lewis Families

The Warners and Lewises of Warner Hall were typical of Virginia’s elite 17th– and 18th-century families in that many of them commissioned portraits. In fact, according to Warner Hall: The Story of a Great Plantation, which we commissioned archaeologists Dave Brown and Thane Harpole to write, a rendering of Augustine Warner II, possibly painted by Sir Peter Lely, once hung on the capitol of Richmond.

The remainder of this Blog entry is an excerpt from that book.

Portraits of the Warner and Lewis Families

By 1925, a copy of the Lely portrait was made by Mrs. Fielding Lewis Taylor and hung it in the library of the College of William and Mary.

In 1956, well known portrait painter Court Leslie de Laval de Vergennes was commissioned to paint a new version of the portrait of Col. Augustine Warner II based on this copy.  A December 1958 article in Past and Future magazine reproduces a painting of Col. Augustine Warner II, although it is attributed to Sir Godfrey Kneller. In 1959, Bolling R. Powell, Jr., owner of Warner Hall, commissioned Miss Elizabeth Noland (GGGGGGGGranddaughter of Col. Augustine Warner II) to make a third copy of Augustine Warner’s II portrait.

After an extensive study of Lely’s work in U.S. and English collections, and with the assistance of a photograph of the original painting (taken in 1889), she repeated the portrait yet again.

In 1933, a miniature of the Augustine Warner [I or II] was mentioned for sale by Mrs. O.A. Wilson of Crewe, Virginia, in the William and Mary Quarterly. A photo of this miniature is in the collections of the Virginia Historical Society.

Other portraits, including those of Warner Lewis I, his wife Lady Eleanor Bowles Gooch, and their children Warner Lewis II and Rebecca, all painted by John Wollaston, and a later view of the Warner Lewis II, painted by Reynolds, were owned by Judge Taylor and once hung in the library at Warner Hall.

Most of the original Warner and Lewis family portraits were lost in the Rosewell fire of 1916.

Stay tuned for more excerpts from the book! And next time you stay at the Inn at Warner Hall, be sure to ask for a signed copy.

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      MEET THE REVOLUTIONARIES! APRIL 2018!

      April 13 – 15, 2018

      Attention all history lovers! Lodging guests will be treated to a taste of living history the weekend of April 13 – 15, 2018. Meet Col. Warner Lewis and his wife, Eleanor Bowles Gooch Lewis (in residence at Warner Hall from 1754 – 1783) on Friday, April 13 for a private reception with the patriots of the 7th Virginia Regiment.

      Mingle with the reenactors from 5:30 – 7pm while enjoying light colonial fare, libations and period music. Experience Revolutionary War camp life and skirmishes on the grounds of the Inn on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am – 2pm.

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      April 20 – 23, 2018 

      Get a beautiful start to Historic Garden Week in Virginia here at the Inn at Warner Hall! Book the room of your choice for the weekend and receive TWO FREE tickets (a $60 value) for the Saturday, April 21 Gloucester Mathews Garden Tour! The homes and gardens of Auburn Plantation, Dunham Massie Farm and Cottage Point are not to be missed!

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      CINCO DE MAYO 2018

      May 4-6, 2018

      Book your two-night stay at the Inn at Warner Hall and celebrate Cinco de Mayo whenever you wish with a $25 gift certificate to Juan’s Mexican Cafe and Cantina, one of our favorite local Mexican Restaurants!

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    • Warner Hall not only equaled but exceeded our expectations. The warm Southern hospitality, the gracious surroundings, and the incredible cuisine combined to create a memorable birthday for Donna and for our friends. An outstanding evening of fellowship and food! You have paid attention to detail in the restoration, decoration and in the reception, hosting, “ghosting” care […]

    • Thanksgiving was wonderful. Thank you for opening your home to our family. We all enjoyed the excellent company and the delicious food. Everything was simply perfect. Warner Hall offered us the opportunity to relax and enjoy one another…no worries, no hassle, no clean up! This was a holiday we’ll never forget! -Bob & Natalie – […]

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      We are certainly sad to see this vacation of ours come to an end. How lucky we were to have found this place. Warner Hall is exactly what the B&B experience should be. You have combined all of the essential elements of the perfect getaway. We will be back, many times I’m sure! Thank you! […]

    • Warm, Southern Hospitality

      Warner Hall not only equaled but exceeded our expectations. The warm Southern hospitality, the gracious surroundings, and the incredible cuisine combined to create a memorable birthday for Donna and for our friends. An outstanding evening of fellowship and food! You have paid attention to detail in the restoration, decoration and in the reception, hosting, “ghosting” care […]

    • Thanksgiving at Warner Hall

      Thanksgiving was wonderful. Thank you for opening your home to our family. We all enjoyed the excellent company and the delicious food. Everything was simply perfect. Warner Hall offered us the opportunity to relax and enjoy one another…no worries, no hassle, no clean up! This was a holiday we’ll never forget! -Bob & Natalie – […]

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