The Reception Hall is one of the largest spaces in the house, and we know that the duPonts celebrated Christmas here.
The painting of George Washington is by James Peale. Jessie Ball duPont and Washington’s mother, Mary Ball Washington, shared an ancestor. And the Peales and the duPonts were acquainted. In fact, one of the Peales apprenticed at the powder mills in 1815.
The walls have a faux finish. Although they are made of Brandywine granite, they have been covered with a fine layer of plaster that was scored and painted to look like dressed stone. The color variation is achieved by glazes individually applied to each block; no two are exactly alike.