Eagle-eyed visitors to the Miller House Museum will notice something missing from the front hallway: our iconic portrait of William Price! Created circa 1835 by noted Early American portrait artist John Beale Bordley, the portrait of the stately Price-Miller House builder greets all who enter through the doors of the museum. So where is William?
He’s away on vacation, getting some much-needed TLC! The portrait of William Price and its traveling companion, the portrait of Major Peter Seibert, are currently resting in the conservation studio of Barry Bauman, in scenic River Forest, Illinois! Both portraits will receive cleaning and minor repairs, compliments of some grant funding from the Delaplaine Foundation of Frederick, Maryland. We’re extremely grateful to the foundation for helping to preserve these important pieces of Maryland artwork.
William Price was a prominent Maryland attorney who was born and raised in Hagerstown. He moved his young family into the West Washington Street townhouse shortly after its construction in 1825. It served as the family home and his office. He would have been in his early 40s when this portrait was painted. William Price served as the United States District Attorney for the State of Maryland from 1862 to his death in 1868.
Keep looking out for Where is William to learn more about the treatment William is undergoing, as well as when the portraits are scheduled to return!