Original Author: Thomas Addis Emmet
Created: January 10, 1879
Medium: Printed sketch

Morea, The Residence of Dr. J. P. Emmet, Near the University of Virginia.

This is a sketch of Morea, the house where John Patten Emmet, a professor of chemistry at the University of Virginia from 1825 until 1842, resided with his family. Emmet designed the house after he had purchased 106 acres of land adjacent to the university grounds in 1831. Thomas Addis Emmet, the professor's only surviving son, drew this scene on January 10, 1879. The younger Emmet notes on the sketch that he created it "from memory after an interval of 34 years." Two African American workers, perhaps slaves, are portrayed—one with a wheelbarrow, the other standing next to a broom on the second floor balcony. This sketch was published in an 1898 history of the Emmet family.

Citation: The Emmet Family, With Some Incidents Relating to Irish History and a Biographical Sketch of Prof. John Patten Emmet, M.D., and Other Members. CS71 .E54 1898. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.