suspected of committing crimes would look like with the advancement of time. Patricia Brady asked if they could also create a regressed image and take the portrait of Martha who was in her forties at the time, and regress it to about when she was in her twenties and in the bloom of her beauty. They said, sure, they’d love
to work on it. The author then recruited a talented portrait artist in New Orleans named Michael J. Deas to paint a portrait of Martha in what would have been the height of fashion in 1759, when then widowed Martha Dandridge Custis wed Colonel George Washington. This is the image on the book jacket. The first look at the book was somewhat disconcerting. It was like seeing a revered family ancestor in her seductive and sensual prime. No one wants to think of grandmother as sexy. A friend of mine said when he first saw the cover he thought it was going to be a romance novel, a real bodice ripper. The only thing missing, we agreed, was the male model Fabio who built his career gracing the covers of such books.
Because Martha Washington destroyed the bulk of the personal correspondence between she and her husband after his death, most of her life up until now has been somewhat
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On our recent trip to Mount Vernon, the home of George and Martha Washington and their many relatives and guests, we heard more about the First Lady. Her talents as a home maker are being researched, and her daily life is communicated more so than on tours when we visited as children. This is the house from the river side, the look many 18th and 19th century visitors would have seen as they passed by on boats.
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