High Chest of Drawers
Probably by Julius Barnard
Northampton, MA, ca. 1795
Cherry with white pine
Collection of Historic Deerfield
Courtesy, Historic Deerfield, Inc., 1963.164
This high chest of drawers was made by Julius Barnard for the future Governor of Massachusetts, Caleb Strong (1745-1819) of Northampton, in the Philadelphia style that he learned as an apprentice with Eliphalet Chapin (1741-1807) in East Windsor, Connnecticut, during the mid-1780s. After a stint in New York City, Barnard moved back home to Northampton, but like many young craftsmen in the Connecticut Valley looking for financial success, Barnard first moved northward rather than to the west to seek his fortune. After leaving Northampton, Barnard settled in Windsor, Vermont, and Hanover, New Hampshire, and then by 1809 in Montreal. He changed his styles where ever he went to stay current with his clientele. With the advent of the War of 1812, Barnard moved to Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and died in impoverished in New York State or perhaps Michigan.