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the Benjamin Richardson Tavern
Sterling, Massachusetts

Original colors: Black on grey walls.

This is located on the old stage road from Boston to Albany. The original section of the tavern was built in 1760. Benjamin Richardson was a captain in the Revolutionary War. He returned home and built an addition to the existing structure in 1777. The land comprised 500 acres and was the center of the community. In addition to the Tavern and extensive stables across the road, there was an apple cider mill, a chair factory and a post office. In 1824 his son enlarged the house and added a ballroom. The stenciling is interesting in that it imitates the work of more skilled artisans who hand-painted walls 1790-1820. The frieze at the top of the wall is a "brushstroke" frieze and the over-all vertical is a "scrolled" design. The scroll painter was the most skilled of the free-hand wall painters. He had to be able to execute a perfect circle by hand. His early training may have been in the decoration of stagecoaches. For more information on hand-painted walls, see Borders & Scrolls — Early American Brush-Stroke Wall Painting 1790-1820 by Margaret Coffin.

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460 F1
3" Wide
13 3/4" Repeat
460 V1
8 5/8" Wide
17" Repeat