The Stotesbury Art Collection

Garden Fountains and Sculpture at Whitemarsh Hall
Jules-Édouard Visseaux, Frank Lynn Jenkins, Henri-Léon Gréber, and others

The Forecourt

Finally, the visitor would proceed around the northeast side of the mansion, following the curve with Whitemarsh Hall looming on the left, until the visitor was facing the magnificent facade and entrance portico. The house was situated at the head of a garden Forecourt, with two statues flanking either side of the portico near where each wing of the house jutted out to mark the outer edge of the Forecourt.


1942 Aerial Photo of Whitemarsh Hall

Aerial view of the house taken in 1942, showing the Forecourt on the left, on the north side of the property

Photo Source: Pennsylvania State Archives

In the pebbled courtyard in front of the Portico in the Forecourt area of the house, there was a pair of French Marble allegorical female figures carved with flowers and leaves, representing "Painting" and "Sculpture." Although they were described as being from the early 18th Century, they may have been made by Visseaux.

Statue of Painting in the Forecourt

The statue of "Painting" on the east side of the Forecourt near the Portico

Photo Source: John Deming, Jr.

Aerial View of the Front of Whitemarsh Hall circa 1920

For a brief period in 1920-1921, there was a small temple in the middle of the Forecourt lawn in front of the portico.

Photo Source: Private Collection

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